Leek & mackerel penne bake

Leek & mackerel penne bake

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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)

irritable's picture

Followed most of the suggestions to the recipe which I think could be essential for colour and interest. Used peppered mackerel, and added red pepper and a few button mushrooms. Also used cheese instead of breadcrumbs. I didn't use any seasoning (not needed with capers plus peppered mackerel) and served with frozen peas (although it would work just as well with a green salad). Extremely good and simple. I may try a few cherry tomatoes next time (definitely good enough to do again) and maybe some broken crisps along with the cheese on top, to give it a bit more of a crunch.

cockneycowboy's picture

used bacon instead of fish,cheese instead of b/crumb,handfull of peas and chopped mushrooms,45mins cooked,eaten,washed-up brilliant mid-wk special, quick, very tasty, will be a regular!

meyers's picture

Quick and easy dish. Even our 7 month old son loved it.

elisaponsele's picture

Very rich and a bit stodgy but filling and warming.

bluejay's picture

Sorry, forgot to rate the dish.

bluejay's picture

As I'm not too fond of cooked smoked mackerel I substituted lightly smoked cod in this dish and added some mushrooms (needed to be used up) when frying the leeks. Also used half-fat grated cheddar as the topping. No left-overs for the next day, sadly! I also wondered at the calory value, seemed a lot and nearly put me off trying the dish.

karenbehr's picture

This looks good. I'm gonna try it with a bit of smoked samon and sans capers. Maybe add a little parsley for color.

kimkap's picture

This is a simple dish to make but not one that I would make again cos although my husband said he enjoyed it you can always tell when they don't really mean it. I personally enjoyed it even though I found a couple of bones in my fish which usually puts me off.

caravan28's picture

Really tasty dish, I added chopped garlic and fried with the leeks. Also, grated some low-fat cheddar on top. Was also delicious the next day.

colandrina's picture

Like Kate, I would love to know whether this recipe really has 925 calories per serving, as it sounds rather extreme- maybe it's 925 for both servings?!

beginner86's picture

delicious, will be doing this dish again.

kate295's picture

This sounds wonderful, but 925 calories?? Is that right?? The nutritional values don't seem to equate to the ingredients at all! Has anyone else noticed this?

garden grown's picture

I added a chopped red pepper with the leek for colour. I didn't have any creme fraiche so mixed natural yogurt with mayo. Ialso omitted the breadcrumbs as I didn't feel they would add much. It all tasted delicious!

Ladyratatouille's picture

Lovely dish and so easy to make - perfect for a mid-week super. The capers definitely add some depth to it. Will make this again.

paulanewton's picture

Very pleasantly surprised with this as it tasted so much better than it looked - and so easy. Will definitely make again.

lucyvictoriasmith's picture

This sounds like it shouldn't work - but it really, really does.

ebellis's picture

I made the risotto version and it was delicious - I will be cooking this again as so quick and easy!

pinkpaper's picture

I used cod instead as thats all I had to hand but even though this dish doesn't look pretty, my husband and son loved it so I will be making this again.

katemac1's picture

Added wilted spinach and a tablespoon of hollandaise to the sauce, swapped the breadcrumbs for grated mature cheddar. Was delicious, def cooking this one again

dpclough's picture



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