NZ Woman's Weekly

‘Clean out the fridge’ pasta

  • Meal Type

  • Total time

    15 minutes
  • Servings

  • Courses


Ready in 15 minutes, serves 4.

  • 250g fettuccine
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2-3 rashers bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 smoked chicken breast, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms (or peas, carrots and corn)
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 250g lite crème fraîche
  • 1 bunch spinach (washed and chopped)
  • A spoonful of pesto/olives/sun-dried tomatoes or chutney (optional)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Chopped parsley and very fine dice of chilli for garnish (optional)

1. Cook the pasta according to the packet and drain, keeping a little starchy water for later use.

2. In a large frying pan, add the oil and gently cook the onion until translucent but not browned.

3. After a few minutes, add the garlic, bacon, thyme and chicken breast. Follow this with the mushrooms, courgette and whatever cooked vegetables you can find in fridge. Add the crème fraîche and finally the spinach. Heat well.

4. Add a spoonful of pesto, leftover olives or sun-dried tomatoes if desired.

5. Season and add a little of the reserved pasta water if the sauce is too thick.

6. Place the warm fettuccine on the plate and top with sauce.

7. Garnish with parsley and chilli.

Cook’s tip:
You can make the pasta ahead of time – just drain (remember to reserve some of the starchy pasta water), place in a bowl with a drizzle of oil and toss through some fi nely chopped parsley. A squeeze of lemon can also be added to the mix without fear of separation. Crème fraîche is good in this dish, as even boiling the creamy sauce will not cause separation.

About Annabelle White

Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school.

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