Mexican Penne with avo

Low fat and quick to prepare, while being rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C.


  • 100g wholemeal penne

  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced, plus 1 tbsp finely chopped

  • 1 orange capsicum, de-seeded and cut into chunks

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

  • 2 tsp mild chilli powder

  • 1 tsp ground coriander ½ tsp cumin seeds

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes

  • 196g can corn in water

  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder

  • 1 avocado, stoned and chopped

  • ½ lime, zest and juice handful coriander, chopped, plus extra to serve


Cook the pasta in salted water for 10-12 mins until al dente. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium pan. Add the sliced onion and pepper and fry, stirring frequently for 10 mins until golden. Stir in the garlic and spices, then tip in the tomatoes, half a can of water, the corn and bouillon. Cover and simmer for 15 mins. Meanwhile, toss the avocado with the lime juice and zest, and the finely chopped onion. Drain the penne and toss into the sauce with the coriander. Spoon the pasta into bowls, top with the avocado and scatter over the coriander leaves.


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