Leek & mackerel penne bake

Leek & mackerel penne bake

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(43 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
This is a super-fast, filling meal for busy midweek winter nights - it's great with smoked haddock too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal925
  • fat52g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre5g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.72g
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  • 2 leek, trimmed, washed and sliced



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

  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g penne
  • 200ml pot reduced-fat crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp capers



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 2 small smoked mackerel fillets, skinned and flesh flaked into large chunks


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…

  • 25g breadcrumb


  1. Fry the leeks in the butter until very soft, about 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat the grill. When the leeks are soft, stir in the crème fraîche, capers and fish. Heat through for 1 min. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce, season to taste, then tip everything into a small baking dish. Scatter with the crumbs and grill until golden and crisp.

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Comments (45)

rhapsodyinc's picture

Used flour and milk rather than creme fraiche and added garlic and herbs de provence to the breadcrumbs. Delicious and easy.

tbird0_5's picture

Lovely, quick, week day meal. Swapped the leeks for spinach, added some horseradish to the sauce and parmesan to the breadcrumbs.

ross2606's picture

Very good, added sweetcorn and peas!

ehb102's picture

I used green peppercorns instead of capers. It was an honest mistake, but it tasted awfully good.

little_bear's picture

Love this recipe! Its so quick and easy. I added a tin of sweetcorn to get some more veg into it and also adds a bit of colour (I would image pepper would work really well too). I also added some cheese to the breadcrumbs on the top. I'm making it again for dinner tonight - can't wait!

martinso's picture

A firm favourite in our house. Simple, easy and tasty.

minomac72's picture

Very tasty and simple to make.

sashaknits's picture

This recipe was a wonderful winter warmer on a freezing cold night, and so simple too! I omitted the capers because I don't like them and the fish is salty enough anyway. I bought peppered mackerel fillets which added some lovely extra warmth to the dish. Also added a dash of lemon juice which was lovely.

My boyfriend absolutely loved this and has requested we have it again very soon! We both had a lovely portion and there's enough left for him to take to work for lunch tomorrow with a slice of bread.

dorothyd's picture

\\\\\ok as a quick meal, but mackerel overpowering, didn't have capers, so subsituted with sun dried tomatoes, which did not work.

dorothyd's picture

\\\\\ok as a quick meal, but mackerel overpowering, didn't have capers, so subsituted with sun dried tomatoes, which did not work.

leterroir's picture

Good easy to make recipe. The kind with endless variations. I didn't have any cream so I made a rather thin (bechamel) white sauce - it worked well. I used quite a bit more leeks than stated and mixed some breadcrumbs with grated cheddar and parmesan, it was good too!

mcsquee's picture

excellent! now a weekly dinner!

DurrantBun's picture

Thought this was really lovely, I thought the idea of plain breadcrumbs on top seemed a bit weird so I added some parmesan

zempants's picture

Lovely, added a large dollop of horseradish sauce, which added a good extra flavour.

meyers's picture

This is a firm favourite in our house and tastes wonderful. I wouldn't omit anything from the recipe, it's lovely. I was a bit reticent to begin with because like some of the other comments say, 'it doesn't look like it should work,' but it does. Get involved and give it a go you'll not be disappointed.

funkasaurus's picture

Cheap, quick, easy and very tasty!

karenbuk's picture

Very quick and easy to make, with tasty results. Didn't have any capers so added some chopped black olives and mixed some cheddar with the bread crumbs. Very nice! Will definitely make again.

lurvlyloz's picture

after looking at the ocmments, added some peas, sweetcorn and red pepper to up the veg content and make it look more apealling. REALLY tasty and made loads for the freezer. will definately be making again as so cheap and quick.

melaniejb1's picture

A new midweek favourite! :)

I just used cheese instead of breadcrumbs!

classyladykent's picture

This was gorgeous, and will definately be making again..


Questions (1)

chou-fleur's picture

Is 925 calories per portion really accurate?

Tips (1)

kirsten132's picture

Made with home homemade parsley sauce instead of creme fraiche,
with a little left over double cream and added some grated Parmesan on top of breadcrumbs