Saturday, 25 January 2014

Marks and spencer cheats super green pasta

Marks and Spencer's have a great range of quick and easy sauces, fresh microwaveable veggie packets and loads more convenient products in their food hall. I am a massive fan of their food and so decided to invent my own quick and easy recipe with the help of some of their products.

Everybody can help their minds and bodies from eating more green veg; too many of us fail to eat enough on a day to day basis and green vegetables pack a punch of iron, vitamin K, calcium, potassium and magnesium; among other fancy benefits such as the property to protect our eyes from age related problems. 

Even if you just toss some of the green goodies into a comforting pasta dish like I have below, you're still benefitting from all of the vitamins and minerals. 

To make my super green cheesy pasta, (which serves two) you will need the following;

Two large handfuls of fresh baby spinach
One small packet of tenderstem broccoli 
Three large handfuls of frozen peas
6 cherry tomatoes
Marks and Spencer's Four cheese pasta sauce (in a jar located near to dried pasta)
200g of Marks and Spencer's rigatoni dried pasta

Place the dried pasta into a large saucepan a third full with water and being to the boil. Leave to boil for 12 mins whilst preparing the sauce and vegetables.

Place the spinach and broccoli in a bowl covered in pierced cling film and microwave for 3 minutes (cat D) 2 mins (cat E) 

Heat cheese sauce in a small pan on a low heat until hot; do not allow to boil.

Place peas into separate bowl with a tablespoon of water and microwave for 4 mins. 

Drain the pasta once cooked, then place back into the now dry pan and add hot cheese sauce and cooked green vegetables. Season to taste.

Serve and add freshly sliced cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of virgin olive oil.

A cheaters delicious cheesy vegetable pasta dish! 

Obviously you can swap the cheaters sauce for home made or low fat alternatives, even mixing Philadelphia or another cream cheese would go well with this combination. Try this out or mix it up with alternatives and comment below what you thought! 

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