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Creamy Sweet Chilli and Bacon Penne February 20, 2012

Filed under: Fast Food,Healthy Eating,Meat,Pasta — delishuss @ 10:50 pm
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My mum passed this onto me this week. I wasn’t so sure about it but I’m up for giving most things a try. I haven’t pointed it but I reckon it wouldn’t be too bad.

It probably took me about 20 minutes in total to prepare.

Serves 1


40g pasta

2 medallions of smoky bacon, chopped

1 large tablespoon of sweet chilli light philadelphia cream cheese

1 large tablespoon of light cream cheese

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 red pepper

1/4 orange pepper

1 clove of garlic, crushed

One cal cooking spray




1. Boil the pasta according to the packet instructions, normally 8-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan and spray with the one cal spray. Add the bacon and fry for 4 minutes.

3. Add the peppers and onion and fry for a further 4 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another minute or so.

4. Pour a little of the pasta water into the frying pan with the veg and bacon. Stir in both cream cheeses and blend in. Once the sauce has been heated, drain the pasta and add to the frying pan. Stir everything together.

I was going to say that you should add some chopped parsley but there’s no real need, there’s enough going on as it is.


Hope you enjoy.




Chicken with Creamy Penne

Filed under: Chicken,Pasta — delishuss @ 10:38 pm
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I made this a week or so ago but didn’t get time to post. It’s dead easy and really yum. Anything with pasta in it is a winner for me.  I got the recipe from the Quick and Easy cookbook and it does what it says on the tin.

Serves 2


200g dried penne

1 tbsp olive oil

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

4 tbsp dry white wine

115g frozen peas

5 tbsp double cream


4-5 chopped fresh parsley, to garnish



1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for about 8-10 minutes, until tender but still firm to the bite.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook over a medium heat for about 4 minutes on each side.

3.  Pour in the wine and cook over a high heat until it has almost evaporated.

4. Drain the pasta. Add the peas, cream and pasta to the frying and stir well. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes.

5. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


Penne with sausage, pancetta and Swiss chard December 19, 2011

Filed under: Favourites,Pasta — delishuss @ 9:25 pm
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I saw this recipe being made on Saturday Kitchen on BBC and was dying to try it. So that I did and I wasn’t dissapointed. It’s really easy to make and really tasty. Possibly not so good for the waistline but sure what odds. Word of warning though, don’t do what I do and shake the chilli flake pot into the frying pan 🙂


Preparation method

  1. Trim the ends of the Swiss chard and cut the green leaves off the white stems.
  2. Cut the stems into fine matchsticks and blanch in boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes, or until soft. Drain and set aside.
  3. Blanch the green leaves in boiling salted water for 4-5 minutes, then drain and chop roughly.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 5-6 minutesm, or until soft.
  5. Add the pancetta and sausage meat and cook over a low heat for 20 minutes, then drain off the excess fat.
  6. Add the cream to the sauce and bring to the boil. Stir in the dried chilli and the blanched Swiss chard stalks and their leaves, then cook for 4-5 minutes. Season to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Cook the penne in a large pan of boiling water, according to packet instructions, until al dente. Drain, reserving a few spoonfuls of the cooking water.
  8. Add the pasta to the sauce, mix well and add a little of the reserved water if necessary to loosen the sauce.
  9. Cook gently for 2 minutes, then serve with freshly ground black pepper and grated parmesan.

Note: I used spinach as I forgot to get the chard in the shop, it works well I think.