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Spinach pasta

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.