You can happily add more green chilli or red chilli flakes to this recipe to give it have a bit of pizzazz.
Ingredients for 2
100 gm uncooked pasta
100 gms spinach
1 tsp olive oil
1 green chilli
5 cloves garlic
100 gms onions
1 / 200 gm cucumber
4 medium to small tomatoes
1 tsp mixed dried herbs ( like oregano, dill, basil and thyme for an Italian flavour)
2 rashers of back bacon without the fat.
1.Cook the pasta and reserve some of the liquid.
2.Defrost and cook the bacon in a microwave. Pour off any fat and cut into small bits.
3.Wilt the spinach in a pan. ( Cook without water) .When soft chop it up.
4.Heat the oil in a non stick pan and fry the chilli, garlic and onions till soft. Add the chopped cucumber and the herbs and saute for 5 minutes.
5.Add the the spinach and chopped tomatoes and cook together covered for ten minutes till the tomatoes have become pulp.Add half a cup water and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the bacon and season with salt and pepper.
Spoon over the warm pasta and serve immediately.
The cucumber gets a bit sour with the addition of tomatoes...and tastes a bit like a mild gherkin . Rather nice when combined with the saltiness of the bacon.
This is so filling it hardly feels like diet food.