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Quick recipe: pasta with rocket, chilli, garlic and lime

Updated on November 17, 2012
here's one I made with fusilli pasta
here's one I made with fusilli pasta

quick, healthy and delicious pasta

This is one of my all time favourite pasta dishes and easy to throw together. It is inexpensive, quick and simple and tastes even better as leftovers the next day. All you need are some basic ingredients: pasta, rocket, chilli, garlic, lime and some parmesan cheese.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • wholemeal spaghetti (a good handful)
  • 1 small red chilli pepper, chopped and deseeded
  • 2+ large cloves of garlic (depends how garlicky you want to go), finely chopped
  • 1 lime
  • fresh rocket leaves (a good handful)
  • parmesan cheese, grated or thinly-sliced (as much as you can handle)
  • enough good olive oil to cover the chopped garlic and chilli

I feel hungry now. Are we ready to cook? We'll be devouring this in about 15 minutes. Follow me.

finely chop chilli and garlic
finely chop chilli and garlic


Boil a pan of water and cook spaghetti as usual or per packet instructions.

While the spaghetti is cooking:

Put olive oil in a small saucepan and heat very gently.

Add chopped chilli and garlic.

Keep this on the lowest heat possible for no more than a few minutes. DO NOT let the garlic go brown or burn.

Grate the zest of the lime (as much as zest as you can manage) and add to the pan.

Squeeze as much juice as you can from the lime and then add to the pan.

Let all of this simmer gently for a couple of minutes or until it starts to bubble.

Your pasta should be cooked by now. Drain pasta and put back into its pan.

Add the concoction of oil, chilli, garlic and lime to the pasta and mix thorougly.

Get your handful of rocket and throw it in too and stir it into the pasta. I prefer to tear up the rocket a little first.

Serve in a pasta bowl with loads of grated/sliced parmesan cheese on top (or mix it in).

It looks so simple and basic but it tastes like heaven and can be on your plate in the time it took to boil up the pasta. I hope you enjoy this quick dish as much as I do. It's my favourite fast food.

Why not make your own pasta?


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      Jelliebean 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Hi Pila. Thanks for your comment. Funnily enough I also made this today. I still love it, it's so simple and tasty. It's a shame about the rawness. I have to admit there is a fine line between cooking it just right and burning it too much. It doesn't need long if you chop the garlic and chilli finely - just make sure the oil bubbles gently on the little morsels for a couple of minutes. If you have leftovers it tastes amazing the next day when all that limey, garlicky, chilli-ness infuses the oil.

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      Piia 5 years ago

      I made it today, feeling of sorry for my colleagues tomorrow at work with all that smell of garlic :D since I didn't cook the garlic nor chilli that much, they were almost raw...But sure was great! And I always cook whole wheat spagetti, it's the best :)

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      Simon Cook 8 years ago from NJ, USA

      Me too - but it's 7:36 am here LOL!

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      Jelliebean 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks so much SimeyC. Well, it is just as good with your average pasta and I have been known to throw in a knob of butter for devilment. I really want to cook this now.

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      Simon Cook 8 years ago from NJ, USA

      This does sound good and is very simple - I'm not sure about the whole grain spahetti though - sounds way to healthy for me!!! *grin*