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)

noblespud's picture

When I first cooked this my children were not keen on the smoked mackerel so for my second attempt I used smoked sausage instead. This was very tasty. I left out the capers and added a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard at the end. Instead of breadcrumbs I grated cheese on top before grilling. Second and third helpings were eaten.

lizzafezza's picture

Very tasty and quick, great for mid week. Will make again.

katyrouth's picture

Really tasty (as mentioned above, ignore the somewhat beige colour!) - not sure about the breadcrumbs though, think the pasta could have gone nice and crisp on top without them, and they don't add to the taste.

littlemissmaccas's picture

Really enjoyed this, only down side is it didn't look that appitising as it is such a pale dish. Ignoring that the flavours were lovely. I used peppered mackerel fillits as I love pepper. Me and my boyfriend both had second helpings and I have got the left overs for lunch. I will be making this again.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Very quick and easy to make. Tastes much nicer than it sounds.


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