The cooked mushroom and spinach mixture would keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



  • 120g wholewheat fusilli or penne pasta
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 200g mushrooms (chestnut or ordinary)
  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil (15g)
  • ½ vegetable reduced salt stock cube 
  • 225ml boiling water
  • good pinch of dried oregano 
  • ½ lemon
  • 125g light cream cheese (such as Philadelphia)
  • 125g baby spinach leaves
  • salt (optional) and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cook the pasta in a saucepan of boiling water with a pinch of salt (optional) for 10-12 minutes or according to packet instructions. 
  2. Peel the garlic and use a garlic press or grate on the fine side of a box grater. Trim the mushrooms and using a small sharp knife cut into slices. 
  3. Heat a frying pan or wok over a medium heat. Add the oil and swirl it up the sides. Tip in the garlic and stir-fry for 10 seconds, being careful not to let it brown too much. Tip in the mushrooms and season with a little salt (optional) and pepper to taste. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms are tender, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon.
  4. Dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water and stir into the pan. Allow to bubble down, then sprinkle over the oregano and add a good squeeze of lemon juice, about half a tablespoon is about right. Bring to a simmer and cook for 6-8 minutes until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in the light cream cheese and then add the spinach, fistfuls at a time until it is all wilted. Cook for another minute until piping hot.
  5. Drain the pasta and return to the pan, then gently fold in the creamy mushroom and spinach mixture. Divide evenly between two wide rimmed pasta bowls and garnish with a little more freshly ground black pepper to serve.

Prepare Ahead
The cooked mushroom and spinach mixture would keep well in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge so you would just need to cook the pasta and then reheat the sauce gently in a small saucepan or in the microwave before using.