When you need to make tea in a hurry, there’s nothing easier than pasta with a delicious sauce, is there? Even in Lockdown there still seems to be plenty to do, especially if you’re working from home so anything that can be assembled in roughly 30 minutes is fine by us – especially if it’s low fat and nutritious for the kids.
Mat does most of the cooking at home and is a dab hand at creating dishes from cupboard staples. It hasn’t been easy for many to get their hands on fresh veg at the moment and we’ve coped with a weekly expedition to the supermarket and top-ups online.
This is Mat’s Spicy Chicken Pasta and it features beautifully ripe and rich Rega DOP San Marzano Tomatoes.
San Marzano tomatoes are Italy’s favourite tomatoes for pizza bases and pasta sauces and they’re grown in the fertile volcanic soil at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius, in a small area around Naples. In case you’re wondering D.O.P. is a prestigious food label award which means ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ and guarantees that a product was made in a particular part of Italy famous for its production.
4 x medium chicken breasts
800g Rega DOP San Marzano tinned tomatoes
1 x large onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp chilli flakes (add more if you want extra heat)
350 ml of chicken stock
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Oregano
Squeeze lemon juice
Salt & Pepper
Add finely chopped onion, garlic and chopped chicken breasts into a frying pan with a light spray of cooking oil.
Add the San Marzano tomatoes, chicken stock, chilli flakes and herbs to the pan.
Season to taste.
Cook until the liquid reduces and the chicken is fully cooked.
That’s it – nothing simpler.
Serve with the pasta of your choice – we used penne.
Low fat, low calorie and full of goodness. Not only are San Marzano tomatoes incredibly versatile but tomatoes are an important dietary source of lycopene, an antioxidant linked to many health benefits such as a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
Plus they are easy on the purse too.