I've been craving carbs like mad this week! Really in the mood for pasta and also needed something quick and easy that would do for two nights dinner. I found this gem in one of the old WW magazines - no idea which one as I had pulled out the page and put it in a folder. I have to say this really hit the spot and it was a really decent sized portion. It looked so good I forgot to take a picture before I ate it so I took a picture of the leftovers.
250g Pasta shells (conchiglie)
200g smoked bacon medallions sliced
1 large onion finely chopped
250g button mushrooms sliced
1 garlic clove crushed
1.5 tsp dried oregano
Zest of 1 lemon
500g finely chopped fresh tomatoes or passata
125g light mozzerella sliced
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5/ 190C/ Fan 170C.
Cook the pasta for a few minutes less than the instructions on the packet and drain.
Mist a large pan with low fat cooking spray and fry the bacon and onion for 5-6 minutes until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4 more minutes.
Stir in the garlic, oregano, lemon zest, tomatoes, sugar and season. Simmer for 5 minutes, adding the spinach for the last 2 minutes.
Stir in the pasta and spoon into a large baking dish. Scatter with the mozzerella and bake for 10-15 minutes.
I only had half a lemon, so could only use that much zest - and to be honest it was nicely lemony. It was subtle but you could taste it. I would be worried using the zest of a whole lemon may be over powering, but I haven't tried it. All in all I would recommend this for an easy midweek meal. Great for 2 and have leftovers for the next day though also I would imagine this would be a hit with kids for a family dinner!! Let me know what you think if you try it!