Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes

  • 5MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 370KCAL

A quick and tasty pasta dish of spaghetti flavoured with black pepper and tossed with herbs and fresh veggies.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories370
  • Carbs58g
  • Protein16g
  • Fat6.4g
  • Saturates3.2g
  • Sugars9.2g

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A simple dinner of pasta in black pepper and salty parmesan, tossed with our favourite Mediterranean flavours. Roasted garlic and fresh thyme are fragrant and add lots of flavour with minimum fuss!

It’s so easy to make, and hard to believe that a dish with so few ingredients can taste so good. It’s the perfect choice for a light dinner when you don’t fancy spending a long time chopping and prepping. 

It’s also suitable for freezing so it can be made even more convenient. Why not cook a batch and pop the extra portions in the fridge for a speedy dinner or lunch on demand?

What diets is this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes suitable for?

This Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets, but do check the Parmesan cheese is vegetarian.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions; 

  • Pasta

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes recipe?

  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes?

Nope! We’ve used ingredients that can easily be found in the supermarket. If you’re cooking for vegetarians, be extra careful with Parmesan as many varieties aren’t suitable for veggies.

How many calories are in this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes?

There are 370 calories per portion in this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.

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Step 2

While the spaghetti is cooking, spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat.

Step 3

Gently fry the onions for 2 minutes until they start to soften, then add garlic, black pepper, thyme and the cherry tomatoes. Cook for another 2 minutes until the tomatoes are beginning to soften.

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Step 4

Add the balsamic vinegar to the tomatoes and continue cooking for a further 2 minutes, then turn down heat and keep warm until spaghetti is cooked.

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Step 5

When spaghetti is cooked, drain and add to the tomato mixture making sure to mix well.

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Step 6

Season with salt and more black pepper if needed.

Step 7

Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan and serve.

Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes?

You could try serving with your favourite Mediterranean inspired sides on the table for everyone to share!

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How do you know when Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes is cooked?

You should cook this Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes until the vegetables are tender and the pasta is fully cooked. This will take around 15 minutes in total.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

How long can you keep Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes in the fridge for 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot. You may need to add a tablespoon of water as pasta can dry out a little when reheated.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Black Pepper and Parmesan Spaghetti with Garlic and Thyme Tomatoes

A quick and tasty pasta dish of spaghetti flavoured with black pepper and tossed with herbs and fresh veggies.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 370
  • Carbs 58G
  • WW Points:
  • 10 Green
  • 10 Blue
  • 10 Purple

Ingredients

  • 280 g dried spaghetti
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 onion peeled and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 60 g Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • pinch of salt
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.
  2. While the spaghetti is cooking, spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and set on a medium heat.
  3. Gently fry the onions for 2 minutes until they start to soften, then add garlic, black pepper, thyme and the cherry tomatoes. Cook for another 2 minutes until the tomatoes are beginning to soften.
  4. Add the balsamic vinegar to the tomatoes and continue cooking for a further 2 minutes, then turn down heat and keep warm until spaghetti is cooked.
  5. When spaghetti is cooked, drain and add to the tomato mixture making sure to mix well.
  6. Season with salt and more black pepper if needed.
  7. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan and serve.

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Recipe notes

Tip: If making this as a vegetarian meal, check that your Parmesan cheese is suitable as not all Parmesan cheeses are vegetarian.

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