Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
The perfect summer comfort food - classic macaroni cheese with extra veggies and herbs

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal703
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.87g
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Ingredients

  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced into rings
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 140g frozen pea
  • 400g macaroni
  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • small bunch basil, shredded
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

Method

  1. Fry the bacon and leeks in the oil for 10 mins until the bacon is golden and the leeks soft. Tip in the peas and heat through. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat the grill to high.

  2. Reserve 150ml of the cooking water before you drain the pasta, then add it, the soft cheese, half the grated cheese and the mustard to the pan with the veg. Stir until the cheese melts into a creamy sauce. Stir in most of the basil and the pasta, then scatter with the rest of the cheese. Grill for 2-3 mins until the cheese melts. Scatter with basil to serve.

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RachelM85
5th Jan, 2016
So quick and so simple! Great with chicken, mushrooms and a bit of garlic too. Will definitely be making this again!
allielovetocook
1st Aug, 2015
3.8
We really enjoyed this but only needed to serve 3 of us so adjusted the recipe accordingly - just added 2 cloves of garlic with the leeks and bacon, and used low fat soft cheese. I sliced up some vine tomatoes to put over the top and popped the lot into the oven for 10 mins. Delicious. Even our daughter (who doesn't like soft cheese or mustard!) liked it! I thought it needed more sauce but hubby and daughter liked it just the way it was. Will definitely make this again.
Second helpings
5th Apr, 2014
I used 4 eggs stirred in at the end instead of the cream cheese, and will add garlic next time. Really delicious!
lucik
3rd Jan, 2014
A very tasty dish! Added extra bacon and used a few different cheeses. Recommended!
coulbyc
10th Oct, 2013
I took note of what other people had said and the first time I made it added 2 cloves crushed garlic and used half fat soft cheese. I used the other quantities (approximately) added a pinch of chilli powder ( I would rather have used paprika but only had smoked in the cupboard) and a pinch of dried mixed herbs. Tasted great. Lovely and light, very tasty
yummymummy43
11th Jul, 2013
This was absolutely delicious - the whole family loved it - will definitely make this one again
jimiskewl
13th Nov, 2012
4.05
I skipped the Basil and used Pancetta. A decent mid week meal and perhaps would consider adding a little garlic next time around - Tony's suggestion above (tomatoes) seems like the way forward to me if using a larger type dish to make more surface area.
vriensa
26th Sep, 2012
5.05
made it exactly according to the recipe and the whole family loved it!
denisejura
9th Sep, 2012
5.05
Wonderful dish, used courgettes instead of leaks as I had to use them up. Worked a treat!
phaniejm
11th May, 2012
4.05
This was delicious. I subbed in lardons, farfalle and cantal because I had them on hand. I made the dish for my husband and I for lunch, so I cut the pasta back to 300g and adjusted the other quantities accordingly. (I just used one leek.) It could've been a little bit creamier, but it was really delicious, and even with the reduced pasta we only managed to eat half. I am freezing the other half for lunch another day. Would be great with garlic bread!

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