Creamy Mushroom Pasta
(Approx 340 kcal per serving)
120g wholewheat fusilli or penne pasta
1 tbsp olive oil (15g)
1 garlic clove
150g mushrooms (chestnut or ordinary)
½ vegetable stock cube (reduced salt)
225ml boiling water
good pinch of dried oregano or ½ tsp fresh torn oregano leaves (2,5g)
125g light cream cheese (such as Philadelphia)
125g tender young spinach leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook the fusilli or penne in a saucepan of boiling water with a pinch of salt, if using for 10-12 minutes or according to packet instructions.
Peel the garlic and use a garlic press or grate on the fine side of a box grater. Trim the mushrooms and using a small sharp knife cut into slices.
Heat a frying pan or wok over a medium heat. Add the oil and swirl it up the sides. Tip in the garlic and stir-fry for 10 seconds, being careful not to let it brown too much. Tip in the mushrooms and season with a little salt, if using and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Cook for another 6-8 minutes until the mushrooms are tender, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon.
Dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water and stir into the pan. Allow to bubble down, then sprinkle over the oregano and add a good squeeze of lemon juice, about ½ a tablespoon is about right. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in the light cream cheese and then add the spinach, fistfuls at a time until all wilted. Cook for another minute or two to combine.
Drain the pasta and return to the pan, then gently fold in the creamy mushroom & spinach sauce. Divide among wide rimmed bowls and garnish with a little more freshly ground black pepper to serve.
The mushroom & spinach sauce would keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge so you would just need to cook the pasta and then reheat the sauce gently in a small saucepan or in the microwave before using.