Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A creamy and comforting quick pasta recipe, ideal for when you're short on time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal556
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.5g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g leek, halved and finely sliced



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

  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, sliced
  • 400g pasta shapes (we used penne)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 100g herb & garlic soft cheese (we used Boursin)


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the leeks and 2 tbsp water, and cook for about 10 mins until very soft. Add the bacon, turn up the heat and fry until cooked.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and reserve a mug of the cooking water.

  3. Spoon cheese into the leek and bacon mix, adding some of the reserved cooking water. Season and stir gently over a low heat until melted. Toss through the cooked pasta, adding a little more cooking water, if needed, to help the sauce coat the pasta.

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Comments (32)

natzxx's picture

quick and easy, tasted really nice, cheap aswell. lovely wiv loads of parmasan cheese.

hoopyhound's picture

Forgot to buy Boursin so had to improvise. Added some garlic when frying the bacon and leeks and used Light garlic and herb Philadelphia cheese.......very good and a bit lighter on calories. Lovely recipe, easy and cheap.

eleanormayo's picture

Great, easy pasta dish. Smoked bacon add the necessary flavour. Would also be tempted to add some extra garlic when cooking the leeks.

lizzafezza's picture

Super quick and easy, I added a handful of frozen peas. Clean plates all round including kids.

mrkev83's picture

This is so easy to make and cheap too...ultimate student or low budget meal

vicwiggers's picture

I normally add mushrooms as well, tastes great.

rebecca1july's picture

A very tassty quick weekday dinner, kids enjoyed too. Will make again .

toffeebonbon's picture

A great quick meal. I fried the bacon till crisp first then saved a handful to sprinkle over at the end. Gave a lovely crunch. Will be making again.

gervais's picture

A fabulous mid week recipe. So quick and easy to make it is ready in minutes. Boursin impossible to get here in Brisbane as are so many ingredients so used a variation on the theme but still well worth the 10mins it took to make!! Definitely one to add to the ever increasing last minute meals thanks to BBC Good Food

vicwiggers's picture

Tasty, easy to adapt.

bethocallaghan's picture

Very easy and tastes great.


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