Halloumi Pasta Salad Recipe

Whilst this recipe isn't particularly Autumnal, I have been really loving making and eating it, even this season. It's also fairly healthy- other than the Halloumi which is supposedly one of the healthier cheeses due to being made from goat's milk but it is still cheese and so it does contain saturated fats. It's a great recipe for when you don't have a lot of time (or have time but don't want to spend it cooking) as it takes about 15 minutes to do everything from preparation to serving it. You can also add, remove or change ingredients based on what you like and how healthy you want to make it but here's what you will need to do and use if you want to follow my recipe...
Ingredients:
Pasta
Mushrooms
Cherry Tomatoes
Basil
Spinach
Halloumi
Chilli Flakes
1. Start by putting however many servings of pasta you need into a saucepan and boiling the kettle.
2. Once the kettle has finished boiling, pour it over your pasta and leave the pan to boil on the hob.
3. Whilst the pasta is boiling, slice your mushrooms and halloumi then cut the cheese into quarters.
4. Put a small amount of coconut oil into a pan and heat it until it's melted.
5. Then place the mushrooms into the pan on a medium to high heat with some salt and pepper seasoning, turning them every so often.
6. Once your mushrooms and pasta are almost cooked, place your halloumi in the same pan as the mushrooms, keeping an eye on them to ensure they don't burn on one side.
7. Whilst they're cooking, wash your tomotoes, basil and spinach.
8. Chop the tomatoes in half and slice the basil leaves.
9. When the faced down side of the halloumi is golden brown, flip it over.
10. Drain your pasta.
11. Pour the now drained pasta back into the saucepan you used, adding the halloumi, mushrooms, basil and tomatoes and stir them all in.
12. Place your spinach in the bottom of your dish and then pour your pasta mix on top.
13. If you're a fan of spicy food like I am, you can now add chilli flakes to the top of your dish, which is not only aesthetically pleasing but also tastes lovely.

A combination of basil, spice (from the chilli flakes) and salt (from the halloumi) may seem like an odd mix of flavours but I honestly find that they work really well together and make the dish unique and delicious.

Love, Steph x

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