Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta

Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta

This recipe is something my husband created using the contents of our cupboards not long after we got married. He spent a while in the kitchen ‘knocking something together’ and it was an absolute hit! I adore this meal but always felt that it was really indulgent, even though we always used crème fraiche rather than cream. So I took it upon myself to create a Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta.

Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta
Slimming World Chicken &; Bacon Pesto Pasta

Since following Slimming World we haven’t had it and I missed it so much. I had a look at the ingredients and realised that with a simple swap for Quark or fat free fromage frais – I’d only have to syn the pesto (and if you’re mega keen, you could even make the SW version of that).

Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta

7 syns for whole thing – serves between 2 and 3 people as a main meal

Ingredients:
  • Two breasts of chicken cut into cubes
  • 5 rashers of bacon (fat trimmed off) cut into small squares
  • 2 onions
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • Frylight
  • Tagliatelle
  • Half bag of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto (3.5 syns per tablespoon)
  • Half a tub of fat free fromage frais
Method:

Start by dicing up the onions and garlic and put them in a pan sprayed with frylight. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium until the onions soften, then add the chicken and bacon and cook through.

In the meantime, put the tagliatelle into a pan of boiling water and cook until al dente.

When the chicken and bacon are cooked through, add 2 tablespoons of pesto and stir through (at this point it smells brilliant!) Add the spinach to let it wilt down.

Drain the tagliatelle.

Once all the ingredients in the pan are cooked through, reduce the heat and stir in the fromage frais. This will make a creamy pesto sauce.

Add the tagliatelle into the pan of ingredients, and stir through to coat the pasta in the pesto sauce.

Serve!

Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta
Slimming World Chicken & Bacon Pesto Pasta

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Slimming World Tomato Soup

Slimming World Tomato Soup

This recipe couldn’t be easier – I made it at around 10pm at night and was done in 5 minutes. The beauty of this Slimming World Tomato Soup is that you can add all the ingredients and blend it up without cooking it. This means you can make a batch and only heat up the quantity you want at each meal time that you’re having it.

Slimming World Tomato Soup
Slimming World Tomato Soup

Some soups can be time consuming to make but this certainly is not one of them! Its as quick as putting something naughty in the oven or going to the shop for a quick fix – so this is a great recipe to keep handy in times of need and hunger!

Ingredients:

• 2 x cans of chopped tomatoes
• 1 x can of cooked carrots
• 1 x can of baked beans
• 1 x large pickled onion (or 3 x small pickled onions)
• Half litre of water
• Chicken stock
• Pinch of sweetener
• Salt & Pepper to taste

Syn free

Method: (Couldn’t be easier!)


Add all the contents of the cans into a large bowl, crumble up the stock cube and add, season, add your pickled onions and blend!

Done!

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Slimming World Leek and Potato Soup

Slimming World Leek and Potato Soup

This is an absolute favourite of mine. Really easy to do, so filling and here's a trick - don't peel your potatoes…it gives the soup a thickness that others achieve by adding cream. No syns in this one!

Ingredients:

  • Frylight
  • One large onion
  • 2 large leeks
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 x medium sized white potatoes
  • Mixed herbs
  • Litre of vegetable stock
Slimming World Leek and Potato Soup
Slimming World Leek and Potato Soup

Method:

Method:

Spray a pan with frylight and turn on to a medium heat.
Chop the onion and add to the pan.
Next, wash and roughly chop up the leeks. Add them next and slowly soften both the onions and the leeks.
Dice up the potatoes (with the skin still on!) and add to the pan.
Pour over the stock and ensure it covers the ingredients. Add a large pinch of mixed herbs and let it simmer for around 20 minutes.

Check that the potatoes are softened and then using a hand blender, whizz up the ingredients to make a thick and creamy soup. Perfect for those winter days!

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