Under 30: Creamy Tomato and Chilli Pasta (v)

Welcome to another brand new series; this month we’ll be creating various dishes that only take 30 minutes or less to prep and cook. As we are full time workers and gym enthusiasts, we are always looking for quick and easy (mostly healthy) recipes to make! We hope you enjoy this series and do let us know if you create any of them and what you thought!

Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins


– 2 tbsp olive oil

– 3 garlic cloves, sliced

– 1 large red chilli, sliced (60p)

– 250g cherry tomatoes, halved (90p)

– 250g frozen leaf spinach (£1.40) 

– 300g tagliatelle (59p)

– 100g light cream cheese (£1)

Total: £4.49


1. In a frying pan, heat the oil over a low heat. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomatoes and spinach; season. Cover the pan, turn the heat to high, and cook for 7-9 minutes, until the spinach has defrosted. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling water following packet instructions. Drain, reserving 150ml (1/4pt) of cooking water.

2. Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the cream cheese. Add the pasta to the pan with a splash of cooking water; this will give you a glossy sauce.

3. Toss the pasta with the sauce, adding the reserved water to loosen it. Season to taste and serve with a green salad on the side, if you like.

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  1. Llinos Thomas
    April 27, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    If pasta is involved, you can always count me in!

    • Food and Baker
      April 27, 2017 / 9:33 pm

      That's the spirit!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. abbeylouisarose
    April 28, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering (as usual!) Definitely another veggie recipe that I need to try out – I still make your broccoli pasta one very regularly so this will be added to the list!Abbey 💗 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Ohhhh Abbey, that makes me so happy to read, so happy that you do! I would imagine that you will enjoy this dish too!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Just Joelle
    April 29, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    This looks incredible, I haven't used cream cheese in my sauces before – tend to go for mascapone! Will have to give it a try. Joelle Xwww.justjoelle.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Cream cheese is always our go to for creamier sauces!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Lifethrough Tsg
    April 30, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    Mm now I'm hungry. This looks amazing! I'll definitely be trying your recipes now I'm back at uni! Hayley X

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      We hop you enjoy them and do let us know if you like them!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Charlotte Clark
    April 30, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I love creamy pasta, so this is right up my street. Another one of your recipes I'll have to add to my bookmarks for later!

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Creamy pasta are the best, let's be honest!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Francesca Nelson
    May 3, 2017 / 9:10 am

    This looks soooo good!! You know pasta is my thing and spice well that just tips it to the edge!! I have to make this!!

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Yaas girl, we do love a little kick i our food ;)Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Bronagh Ready
    May 12, 2017 / 9:08 am

    I love a good pasta dish!I need to try this one for lunch today! Bronaghwww.BronaghLoves.com

    • Food and Baker
      May 20, 2017 / 11:58 am

      Hope you enjoyed it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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