I tend to make my pasta 'sauces' more saucy than this but I also think it's really nice sometimes to have something which tastes fresher and lighter.
Parsley is very easy to grow in the garden or in a pot. Even the 'growing herbs' you can buy in supermarkets do very well transferred to a border.
If you want some vegetables with this, a good seasonal salad of grated or shaved courgette (zucchini) dressed with lemon juice and olive oil would be nice.
Mackerel and Chilli Pasta - Serves 1
1 Mackerel fillet, defrosted if frozen, skinned and chopped
1/2 dried red chilli, deseeded and chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Garlic clove crushed into a paste with a pinch of coarse sea salt
75g, 2.5oz Spaghetti (or however much you like to eat)
Approx 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Salt and Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Put the spaghetti on to cook, aim to cook for 1 min less than the pack time and check it, you want it al dente.
Put 1 tsp oil into a frying pan as the spaghetti is cooking. Put in the mackerel and fry gently stirring and breaking it up as it cooks. When it looks cooked, add in the garlic and chilli, stir for a minute then take off the heat and add the lemon juice and parsley.
When the pasta is cooked, drain reserving about 1 tbsp of the cooking water. Mix the pasta and cooking water with the mackerel and seasoning to taste.
Pour into a bowl and top with a little extra olive oil if liked.