Mid-week meal: Creamy tomato, garlic & chilli pasta

I always get stumped in the middle of the week when it comes to meal making, because I’m usually exhausted and toast just seems so much easier. This is one meal though that takes very little thought, and is oh-so-satisfying {and we’ve had almost every week since trying it!}.

400g fettucine
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon chilli {or 1 long red chilli, sliced}
2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup low-fat single cream
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan, plus a little more to serve
1/2 cup basil leaves

♥ Cook the pasta in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until cooked. Drain and set aside.
♥ While the pasta is cooking away, heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
♥ Add the garlic and the chilli and cook for 2-3 minutes.
♥ Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
♥ Add the cream, parmesan and warm pasta. Toss to combine.
♥ Top with the extra parmesan and basil to serve.

We leave out the chilli for Lacey and add it in for us.
We don’t stress about the basil. It’s lovely if we have it, if not… it’s still as delicious.
If you’re sending Hubby out to get the groceries make sure your write CANS of cherry tomatoes in capitals, because he will undoubtedly get punnets of fresh tomatoes.
This recipe was adapted from the current issue of Donna Hay magazine. It’s a ripper. Buy it.

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10 thoughts on “Mid-week meal: Creamy tomato, garlic & chilli pasta”

  1. Oh, I wish I had've spotted this before I threw together a dodgy tuna pasta bake. I am hopeless at improvising with ingredients. This looks totally scrummy (and I like Corinne's suggestion of adding some prawn to the mix. Mmmmm).

  2. Thank you for solving my “what on earth am I going to cook for dinner tonight?” dilemma. This looks tasty & I have all of the ingredients!

  3. i recently sent my hubby to the supermarket to get a lemon and he came back with lemon cordial, go figure, you really do need to write it down quite clearly !!

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