Pasta with garlicky greens

Pasta with garlicky greens

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(14 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
This comforting vegetarian recipe is the perfect dish to warm yourself up on a cold winter night

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal644
  • fat30g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre7g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.52g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 leeks, finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250g spinach or shredded kale



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 400g orecchiette or other short pasta
  • 50g blue cheese, crumbled


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the leeks and garlic and let them soften for 15 mins. Stir in the spinach or kale for final few mins to wilt. Add the crème fraîche, stir and remove from the heat.

  2. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water. Drain the pasta, put it back in its saucepan, then stir the leek sauce into it. Serve in bowls with crumbled blue cheese on top.

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5th Nov, 2017
Very good recipe: quick easy and tasty. Will be making this regularly for mid-week dinners - Kale will never go to waste :)
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24th Nov, 2014
I would sugest bit of grinded black pepper when you serve. By adding some black pepper the taste of whole dish will make huge difference. I used short Regatoni pasta !
18th May, 2013
This is ridiculously easy, but also pretty tasty. I also use more garlic than it says, but that's about the only alteration. It's also really easy to scale up - I've cooked this for 16 people using two camping stoves, and it went down a storm.
16th Jan, 2013
My husband had leeks and cabbage as his main meal and said it was v tasty! Nauseated/weak/dispirited due to renal failure/hospitalised one month - so max 1litre/day and saltfree: Used far more garlic/less pasta/added fresh basil/lots of whole cumin and at end separated his and mine into the 2 dishes that I was already using; added grated cheese to mine; small amount of chopped orange pepper, paprika and crushed chilies to his.
5th Apr, 2012
Very easy and quick to make. I bit on the bland side for me, could of been a bit more garlicky to be honest
13th Apr, 2011
I love this, it is so simple and tasty, perfect for a midweek dinner!
6th Mar, 2011
This is such an easy tasty recipe, I can't believe its been rated so low!
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