Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal703
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.87g
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  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced into rings



    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



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


  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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Comments (62)

katemarshall's picture

Cooked this last night and absolutely loved it! It's really simple and quick to make and tasty. I agree with the comments that were made earlier about using low fat soft cheese, it makes a very rich sauce with full fat!

norathepixie's picture

An all time favourite pasta recipe of mine. I reduce the amount of basil as I find it too much but other than that, it is fantastic.

heaneye's picture

Delicious - transforms traditional mac cheese into something light and grown up.

clockworkpurple's picture

Completely fantastic. I used low-fat cream cheese, which worked fine. I'd recommend sticking to the advised quantities for the sauce ingredients, as first time I made it I used too much cheese (something I'd previously thought impossible!)

pinkpaper's picture

I used low fat cheese and only put the bacon in my husbands portion and it tasted great and made a good comfort supper.

minigirl1's picture

I changed the recipe slightly:
Pour all water away from Macaroni. Heat 200ml of milk in a pan with a knob of butter, thicken with cornflour and add mature cheese to taste. Pour over macaroni and add the bacon peas and spring onions.
YUMMY.... (Didn't use soft cheese at all)

yvettegriffiths's picture

This sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it. I will probably use low fat cream cheese but extra strong cheddar, some gluten-free pasta (as I find it not so stodgy) and bake in the oven for a bit so it goes golden brown and there's crusty bits of cheese on top. Yum! I'm hungry already!

honeypossums's picture

will be making again!

gilky1's picture

I made this for friends for dinner and it went down well. I forgot to put the basil in (even though it was right in front of me on the table as I was cooking!!)
I didn't make it bacony enough as only used 2 large thick rashers but I did add some garlic salt too. It wasn't that cheesy so maybe next time i'll use a packet cheese sauce instead of the pata water and cream cheese.
Would make again though.

mumsdw123's picture

wiil defnitely try this recipe but would change the beacon foe chicken breasts or staek strips or make it vegetarian. just by looking at it I think it will taste fantastic

mumsdw123's picture

wiil defnitely try this recipe but would change the beacon foe chicken breasts or staek strips or make it vegetarian. just by looking at it I think it will taste fantastic

danielanddebbie's picture

This was very tasty. We put in the oven for 20 minutes rather than grilling.

thynk2much's picture

Nice comfort food and was a great thing to take as a reheat for lunch at work.

lucy2009's picture

Yum, yum. I made this last night and it was delicious! I didn't have basil though but it was still lovely. Will definitely make it again.

laureana's picture

this was sooooooooooooooo delicious, i didnt have any basil and used smokey bacon, there wasnt a single crumb left, everyone loved it. i will definatly make again yummmmmy

sianruddle's picture

my husband and 2 1/2 year old son love this !!!

really nice and creamy altho i use half fat soft cheese and grated cheese also put in frozen sweetcorn as well as peas to up the veg count !
this freezes really well so tend to cook double the amount as easy to reheat on a sat for luch ..esp nice with crusty bread an all round winner !!

mother_ship's picture

Very tasty, but not quite cheesy enough for us even though I used mature cheddar so next time I think I'll add a bit more.

littleones59's picture

This is a great family recipe for a quick mid week meal. I cut down on fat by using very low fat cream cheese. It was really tasty and all the family enjoyed it.

khitajrah's picture

Tried this again tonight as it was such a hit last time, but varied it. Used an onion in place of the leeks, and garlic & herb low fat cream cheese and omitted the basil. Still scrummy!

khitajrah's picture

Made a variation of this again tonight (as it was such a hit last time). Used an onion in place of the leeks, and used garlic & herb low fat cream cheese, as no basil. Still scrummy!


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