SW recipe: Pizza-topped pasta bake

SUPER SIMPLE
Serves 4

Ready in about 50 minutes
Syns per serving: 6*
*Deduct 6 Syns if using the mozzarella as a Healthy Extra

Ingredients

3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

4 garlic cloves, crushed

Large splash of balsamic vinegar

350g short dried pasta shapes (we used cavatappi)

25g bunch basil, leaves chopped

200g mozzarella, torn into small pieces

1 tsp dried oregano

Green salad, to serve

Method

1 Preheat your oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas 8. Put the tomatoes, garlic and balsamic into a large saucepan, season with salt and bring to a simmer. Bubble for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, until thickened and slightly reduced in volume.

2 Meanwhile, cook the pasta for 2-3 minutes less than stated on the pack instructions. Drain, then steam-dry for a minute. Stir the pasta through the tomato sauce with the basil and half the mozzarella.

3 Transfer to a large baking dish. Scatter the remaining mozzarella evenly over the top, followed by the oregano, and bake for 15 minutes until the top is golden and the sauce is bubbling. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then divide between 4 plates and serve with the salad.

 

Fill up on Free Food®
All our meals are based on Slimming World Free Food – nutritious, everyday foods that fill you up for fewer calories, meaning they’re great for weight loss! Free Food includes lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, pasta, rice, potatoes, pulses, fruit, veg and more. And you can eat these foods freely, making them perfect for satisfying the biggest of appetites. Some Free Foods have the extra bonus of being Speed Food – fruit and veg that are super-low in calories and keep you slimming beautifully. For the best results, always reach for Speed Food first in between meals and include at least a third of a plate of Speed Food at every meal, where it makes sense.

Add in Healthy Extras®
To help provide a good balance of nutrients, enjoy two measured portions of milk or cheese each day – your Healthy Extra ‘a’ choices. Options include 350ml skimmed milk or 250ml semi-skimmed milk; 40g reduced-fat or 30g full-fat hard cheese; 50g mozzarella (cow’s milk); 45g feta or 35g Danish blue, which can be eaten as part of a meal or snack. Also have one portion of wholemeal bread or breakfast cereal each day – your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice. To keep things simple we’ve built your Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice into the menu plan each day.

Choose your Syns®
Foods and drinks that pose a risk to your weight loss – those high in fat or sugar, as well as alcohol – can be enjoyed as carefully counted Syns. We recommend you plan between 5 and 15 Syns into your day (see the bottom of the next page for some ideas).

Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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