I love pasta and fancied making a creamy pasta dish using mushrooms and spinach. I had lots of each to use up (I bought lots reduced!) so this garlic mushroom and spinach pasta bake is what I came up with and it was delicious!

Enjoying this pasta when dieting

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this meal within your allowances.

Budget shopping tips for the garlic mushroom and spinach pasta bake

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible to everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure hard to find ingredients.

I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we?

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Shopping around to see which shops have offers on your usual products can make a big difference to your weekly shopping bill. Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can.

Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh usually so do keep an eye for those too to save money.

Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.

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This recipe is easily made with frozen spinach if you prefer as it is often much cheaper. Frozen mushrooms are not as good as tend to be quite watery but if you drain off the water when cooked they would be just as good.

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Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

What is Quark?

It is a soft cheese made with skimmed milk. It’s rather like Philadelphia in its consistency and, due to the fat-free aspect of it, there is little flavour. Because of this, quark on its own is not often enjoyed.

Quark is, due to its limited flavour, very versatile and useful in some great recipes. I frequently use it in both sweet and savoury recipes and share a variety of my favourite quark recipes here.

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Pot of Quark

More healthy recipes you might like

For more pasta-based recipes for all the family check out my ultimate pasta recipe post.

If this healthy mushroom and spinach pasta bake recipe has made you realise you should use quark more and are looking for more recipes with it check out my ultimate quark recipe list here.

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes here.

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Bruschetta pasta salad
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Mushroom and spinach pasta in a frying pan

Garlic Mushroom and Spinach Pasta Bake

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 39 minute
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob and Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

A tasty garlic mushroom and spinach pasta bake recipe which is full of flavour and so tasty. You can also cook it dirrectly in the pan for a quicker option.


Ingredients

Scale

250g dry pasta shapes (Tagliatelli works well)

300g Mushrooms (Quartered)

1 large onion (peeled and sliced)

80g Baby Spinach

180g 50% less fat cheddar cheese (grated)

1 mushroom or vegetable stock pot

200ml boiling water

250g Quark

5 Cloves of Garlic (peeled and crushed)

Low Calorie cooking spray


Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200°c and boil pasta in a large pan according to packet instructions and drain.

2. Meanwhile spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the garlic, onion and mushrooms until tender but not too soft as they will cook further in the oven.

3. Make the stock using the 200ml of boiling water and stock pot.

4. In a large ovenproof dish mix together the cooked pasta, the onion, garlic and mushrooms from the frying pan, the quark, the baby spinach, the stock, and 120g of the cheese.

5. Sprinkle the remaining 60g of cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden on top and hot throughout.



Keywords: Slimming World, pasta, syn free, low syn

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  1. My online shop subbed baby spinach for a bag of frozen. I added that instead. really tasty pasta dish.