Garlic and Chilli Pasta

  • 5MINS
  • 25MINS
  • 487KCAL

This slimming friendly Garlic and Chilli Pasta is a delicious meal that's perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories487
  • Carbs78g
  • Protein19g
  • Fat9.1g
  • Saturates2.4g
  • Sugars10g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Garlic and Chilli Pasta is the perfect dish for entertaining or a cosy night in. Our Garlic and Chilli Pasta is all about rich and authentic flavours, bringing your favourite Italian restaurant to your kitchen.

Unlike a meal from your local restaurant, this delicious Garlic and Chilli Pasta is slimming friendly and perfect for plans like Weight Watchers, meaning you’ll have enough calories left for an Italian inspired dessert!

Why not try our Bellini Popsicles as a refreshing dessert after this indulgent pasta dish? They’re light, tasty and certain to be a hit around the dinner table.

What diets is this Garlic and Chilli Pasta suitable for?

This Garlic and Chilli Pasta recipe is suitable for people following a vegetarian diet.

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

  • Rigatoni 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 Garlic and Chilli Pasta recipe?

  • You need to count 12 Points per portion of this Garlic and Chilli Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 12 Points per portion of this Garlic and Chilli Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 12 Points per portion of this Garlic and Chilli Pasta recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Garlic and Chilli Pasta?

You don’t need any special ingredients or equipment to make this recipe!

How many calories are in this Garlic and Chilli Pasta recipe?

There are 487 calories per portion in this Garlic and Chilli Pasta, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Garlic and Chilli Pasta 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

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the pack.

Step 2

Meanwhile, put the tomatoes in a oven tray, season and cook in the oven until they are roasted nicely.

Step 3

Fry the onion with chilli and garlic until soft.

Step 4

Add the cooked pasta and roasted tomatoes.

Step 5

Stir in half the crumbled feta.

Step 6

Serve sprinkled with the remaining feta, the olives and basil leaves.

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How do you know when this Garlic and Chilli Pasta is cooked?

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet which should take around 10-12 minutes.

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 Garlic and Chilli Pasta 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 Garlic and Chilli Pasta in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Garlic and Chilli Pasta?

We suggest freezing tomato-based sauces and cooking pasta from scratch as pasta can become overcooked when frozen and reheated. If you choose to freeze your pasta sauce 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 Garlic and Chilli Pasta?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 3-4 minutes until piping hot.
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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Garlic and Chilli Pasta

This slimming friendly Garlic and Chilli Pasta is a delicious meal that's perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    25 MINS
  • KCals 487
  • Carbs 78G
WW Points
  • 12 Green
  • 12 Blue
  • 12 Purple

Ingredients

  • 200 g Rigatoni
  • 1 Red Chilli deseeded and chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic chopped
  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 45 g Reduced Fat Feta
  • 1 big handful Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 small handful Basil
  • 8 Black Olives
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

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Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the pack
  2. Meanwhile, put the tomatoes in an oven tray, season and cook in the oven until they are roasted nicely
  3. Fry the onion with chilli and garlic until soft
  4. Add the cooked pasta and roasted tomatoes
  5. Stir in half the crumbled feta
  6. Serve sprinkled with the remaining feta, the olives and basil leaves

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HelenSaturday 9th March 2019

Can this be frozen once the feta has been added?

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Tania MandyFriday 30th June 2017

Delicious ???? actually thought it wasn’t better than what you get in a restaurant, and the whole family loved it ????

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    KateFriday 7th July 2017

    Hi Tania
    Glad you liked it 🙂

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Julie StandenMonday 12th June 2017

I am just about to make this recipe but 25g of pasta seems quite a lot…should this be 250g of cooked pasta?

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Claire GSunday 25th September 2016

Delicious recipe and tastes like something straight from a restaurant! Will be making this again!

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