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Super Simple Tomato Paprika Spaghetti



Pasta is so versatile, it comes in various shapes and sizes and you can create endless amounts of tasty dishes. It isn't expensive either (which is great for students on a budget!). 

Whilst ready-made pasta sauces are handy, creating sauces for pasta from scratch is super easy and actually quite fun opposed to picking a ready-made jar off the shelf in your local supermarket. Once you have created one pasta sauce from scratch you may never want to buy a ready-made jar again!


Serves 1:

  • Can of Chopped Tomatoes
  • Bacon
  • Chopped Onions
  • 75-100g Spaghetti
  • Frylight / or Vegetable Oil
  • Beef Stock Cube
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 40g Grated Cheese


1. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packaging. 

2. Spray a frying pan with Frylight or pour in a small dollop of vegetable oil and fry the bacon and onion.

3. Once the spaghetti is cooked, transfer to the frying pan along with some of the pasta water (using the water you cooked the pasta in gives the dish more flavour). Add the stock cube and seasonings and stir well.

4. Now add the can of chopped tomatoes, stir in well and leave to cook on a medium heat until the sauce soaks into the pasta. This should take approximately 8 minutes. Stir in some of the cheese and leave to melt for a creamy texture. Top with the remainder of the grated cheese and fresh parsley (optional).

Although this recipe serves one, you could double the ingredients to make more portions and freeze them for another day. Batch cooking is always a good idea, especially after a long day of university lectures and seminars!


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