Pasta with Chilli & Greens

Serves: 4 adults


  • 500gm pasta of your choice (wholemeal spaghetti works well)
  • 4 generous handfuls of 'Greens' (this can be kale, spinach, rocket, early sprouts of broccoli or even lettuce- whatever is seasonally available in the shops or in your garden)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic crushed and chopped
  • 1 medium heat dry red chilli or 2 fresh, finely sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Cook the greens in a large saucepan with 5cm boiling water in the bottom on a high heat for 2-3 minutes until just cooked
  2. Put to drain in a colander
  3. Cook pasta according to instructions on the packet
  4. At the same time heat oil on a low heat and add chilli and garlic
  5. Fry until you can smell the garlic then take off the heat
  6. Chop your greens and add to the chilli/garlic oil and stir so thoroughly coated
  7. Drain pasta and mix with the greens
  8. Serve immediately with a bowl of grated cheese with a good strong flavour