• Serves 4
  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 11 Ingredients


An easy spaghetti recipe to whip up.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 350g spaghetti
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 100g pancetta, fat trimmed, sliced
  • 1 long red chilli, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 4 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp baby capers, rinsed, drained
  • 3 cups (90g) baby rocket leaves
  • ¼ cup (25g) shaved parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet instructions, or just until tender. Drain and return pasta to the pan.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and pancetta and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until pancetta is crisp. Add the chili, garlic and rind and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato, capers and rocket.
  3. Add the pancetta mixture to the pasta and toss to combine. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve topped with parmesan.


This delicious dinner is 12 SmartPoints value per serve. Baby capers are sold either pickled in brine or packed in salt so rinse well before using. They are available in jars in the condiments aisle of the supermarket. Serve with 0 SmartPoints value salad of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber.

  • It looks wonderfully colourful. I would love to give it a taste


  • Sounds interesting but not my cup of tea so to speak. I can’t have chilli or lemon so will have to give this a miss. I’m sure a lot of people would love it though


  • Thanks for sharing but not my type of dish as we’re vegetarian and don’t eat panchetta, kids don’t like lemon rind in dinner, chilli and capers….


  • Hubby makes something like this for a quick and simple dinner for us


  • Looks great – thanks for sharing.


  • Another yummy and interesting pasta dish to try. I’m not a fan of capers or chilli, so happy to leave them out and still enjoy this meal.


  • Love the look of this pasta dish – has a Spring look about it!


  • weight watchers recipes are awesome, look forward to seeing them on this site


  • Looks lovely minus the capers lol!


  • This sounds so gourmet! Yum!


  • what a simple and tasty pasta dish! I will be trying this!


  • Yum sounds so healthy and delicious!


  • A simple and delicious dish; thanks for sharing!.


  • This recipe sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Yum :-)


  • We love pasta in our house and while there are many favourites, I’m always up for introducing something new and different. I love this – without the capers and chilli! Sounds so fresh and yummy.


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