Pasta with Goat’s Cheese, Bacon, Mushrooms and Spinach

At just 1.5 syns per portion and your healthy extra a this fast and easy¬† dish of pasta with goat’s cheese is ideal for busy evenings when you want something on the table with the minimum of fuss. Last night I added bacon, mushrooms and spinach, but don’t worry if they’re not to your taste, you can pretty much use any meat and veg combinations in this dish. Just last week I made the pasta with goat’s cheese, chorizio, bacon and leeks – make up your own combinations, it’s so versatile!

Goat's cheese pasta with... wel you decide? Will it be bacon, leeks, peppers? You decide!

To make the sauce deliciously creamy I like to add a little single cream but at only 1.5 syns per tablespoon I think it’s worth it. If you want to make this recipe entirely syn free though you could leave it out. I have in the past and it is still a great recipe but I do think the 1.5 syns is a small price to pay for the extra creaminess. The goat’s cheese is your healthy extra a and the type that you will need for this recipe is the soft goat’s cheese with a white rind, it looks similar to a small Camembert. It couldn’t be easier to make either, while your pasta cooks simply prep and cook the meat and veg then combine the lot with the creamy goats cheese a dash of cream and if you like things spicy a few flakes of dried red chilli. Simples!!

Pasta with Goat's Cheese, Bacon, Mushrooms and Spinach
 
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A versatile recipe that you can make your own - It's 1½ syns per portion for the single cream used and uses the cheese as a HEa. Use any combination of fast cooking meat and or veg to make this dish unique. How about adding a little syned chorizio? Or go with syn free chicken, peppers and onions.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 400g dried pasta
  • 8 bacon lean medallions chopped into 1" squares
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 100g washed sliced mushrooms
  • 2 handfuls of washed baby spinach leaves
  • Low calorie cooking oil spray
  • 120g soft mild goat's cheese (The type with a rind similar to Camembert.)
  • 4 tablespoons single cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile spray a frying pan with a low calorie oil spray
  3. Add the bacon and garlic and stir fry until the bacon turns pink
  4. Add the mushrooms and keep stir frying until the mushrooms are soft. If the pasta is not yet fully cooked turn down the heat to the lowest setting to just keep it warm.
  5. Chop the cheese into roughly ½" chunks.
  6. Drain the pasta reserving 4 tablespoons of the cooking water.
  7. Add the drained pasta to the bacon and mushrooms along with the reserved cooking water and the spinach then stir well to combine everything evenly.
  8. Add the cheese and the single cream, stir well until the cheese melts and coats the pasta.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
The type of goats cheese I used is the soft type with a white edible rind, it looks similar to Camembert.

 

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2 thoughts on “Pasta with Goat’s Cheese, Bacon, Mushrooms and Spinach

  1. Did you know the soft goats cheese you’re using in this recipe isn’t a HEA? 4.5 syns for 25g. Only hard goats cheese (like cheddar) is HEA.

    1. Thank you for the comment Louise. All feedback is most appreciated. I admit that when I initially was trying to discover the syns for the recipe I couldn’t find it on the HEa list but as it had the same syn value as some other cheeses listed I just took it that the same amount would be a HEa. I have tried to check this and on the Slimming World website there is a recipe for Watercress Soup with Goats Cheese which uses soft goats cheese in the recipe and has typed at the bottom “Add 6 Syns if not using goat’s cheese as a Healthy Extra.”. However, I still cannot find it listed anywhere as a HEa so I have messaged slimming World for clarification. Once they clarify the position I will ammend the recipe accordingly. Thank you for drawing my attention to this. x

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