So as I said on my Instagram, this pasta will save your life. It’s saved mine many a time, when I’ve been a bit down in the dumps and feeling generally shite. There is nothing cheesy (fake) carby goodness can’t solve in my honest opinion. It’s simple and easy to make and can be made entirely at home without much faff… just what you need when all you want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch the Great British Bake Off (this isn’t me right now…). So enjoy the recipe and I hope it gives you as much assistance as its given me!
Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Rescue Pasta Sauce
Whether it's work, a break up, terrible Mancunian weather or a terrible case of the sniffles this sauce will save your life.
- 1 shallot
- 1 chicken breast
- 3 tbsp roasted red pepper pesto
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp creme fraiche
- Sizeable chunk of courgette
- 10 cherry tomatoes
- A handful of spinach
Lightly fry the onion and add the chicken (chopped into bitesize chunks). Fry until white on the outside.
Add the pesto, tomato purée, water and creme fraiche and heat until the sauce looks thick and creamy. Cook for 5 minutes
Add in the veg and cook for a further three minutes (or until the spinach has wilted down).
Serve with wholemeal pasta or courgetti, depending on how dire your day is!
Extra red pepper chunks added to the sauce with the other veg is also a winner!
Also, topping with cheese and baking in the oven for half an hour does this saucy number absolutely no harm!
In the photo I served mine with courgetti, but only because we had no pasta in the house, which was pretty devastating. Obviously you don’t have to be in a crisis to try this bad boy, but when you’re needing a bit of tlc and have nobody at your disposal, this bad boy will help a sister out!
Enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!
I love this lentil bolognese!! It’s so easy to throw together and is healthy beyond belief. I always come to this recipe when I’m feeling a little down or under the weather, as it’s like a big bowl of warm lentilly hugs!
A really lovely vegan version of an Italian classic. Tasty and filling without the bloat.
- One red onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 400 g tin of tomatoes
- Medium blob of tomato purée
- 150 ml veg stock
- 1 teaspoon of balsamic
- A splash of Tabasco
- Pinch of dried basil
- 250 g lentils
- Salt and pepper
To make soften the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes.
Then add all the remaining ingredients except the lentils, season well. Simmer for 15 minutes and add the lentils.
Heat the sauce with the lentils in through for a further five minutes and then serve up and enjoy.
I added half a red pepper, some celery and some tomatoes to bulk it out, but it works great with any vegetable to be honest.
Serve with whatever accompaniment you like! I opted for courgetti, but you can have it on anything from pasta to a baked sweet potato!
Let me know how you get on in the comment section! Can’t wait to hear what you think!
Enjoy, Millie x