Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A quick and creamy carbonara-style tagliatelle that showcases delicious courgettes contrasted with cream and pancetta

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
483
protein
21.5g
carbs
57g
fat
18.4g
saturates
9.1g
fibre
3.8g
sugar
6.4g
salt
1.2g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 150g diced pancetta or smoked bacon lardons
  • 4 courgettes, coarsely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • handful freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 small tub (200g) low-fat crème fraîche
  • 300g tagliatelle

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Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the pancetta or bacon for about 5 mins until starting to crisp. Turn up the heat and add the grated courgette to the pan. Cook for 5 mins or until soft and starting to brown then add the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Season and set aside.
  2. Cook the tagliatelle according to the pack instructions and scoop out a cupful of cooking water. Drain the tagliatelle and tip into the frying pan with the bacon and courgette. Over a low heat toss everything together with the crème fraiche and half the Parmesan adding a splash of pasta water too if you need to loosen the sauce. Season to taste and serve twirled into bowls with the remaining Parmesan scattered over.

Recipe from bbcgoodfood.com, June 2012

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saschlet's picture
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Used wholewheat fusilli and it was delicious. Also forgot the garlic which didn't seem to matter. Used the grater in food processor so the whole thing took about 3 mins to prep. Easy and yummy. A favourite already! Next will try with no fat creme fraiche to see if it works.

colinlizsmart's picture
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Excellent, the whole family really liked it even though my children don't think they like courgettes

lingpea's picture
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Made this last night and it was delicious and so incredibly easy! Will definitely be making again and again! I mixed cheddar with the creme fraiche instead of using parmesan.

Scoochie's picture

I make this all the time and it's delicious! I use half the amount of courgettes though.

jadedermody's picture

did my own version of this with bacon, spag and chedder cheese. was still good

sarahkdouglas's picture
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Love this dish - so easy and so tasty. I like to add a bunch of chopped spring onions and pinch of chilli flakes.

Neil_C's picture

I used Smoked Garlic for a bigger flavour and Pecorino instead of Parmesan. Overall I am really happy with how it turned out and will definitely make this my go to pasta dish!

Encho Pramatarov's picture
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Very simple recipe, easy to make and absolutely delicious. However I thought 4 courgettes were a bit too much? Not like it was a problem, but the picture looks like there has been only 1 courgette put into the dish. Any suggestions?

gaz_raf's picture

i could have used more. thought it was delicious!

Scoochie's picture

I only use half the courgette quantity and it's perfect

Encho Pramatarov's picture
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Great recipe, really simple and really delicious. However, I thought 4 courgettes were too much? Not like it was a problem but picture looks like there has been only 1 courgette put in it.

Shez1's picture

I obviously did something very very wrong! It all turned out far too stodgy and sticky- not at all like the picture or reviews! Think the tagliatelle was too starchy and I should have grated corgettes rather than cutting into slices. Oh well - will try again!!

cinemike's picture

The idea of a recipe is that you use the ingredients listed and the method descriped.

KaylasCakes's picture

Great recipe, squeezed some of the water out of the courgettes as recommended by previous reviewers and added a sprinkle of black pepper and dried oregano for a bit more flavour :)

catherine2501's picture
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Keep making it when short of inspiration/time/ingredients. Its really yummy!

lesnavich's picture

Great recipe for a Friday night, tasty and quick. The pancetta was the key ingredient, a nice contrast to the creamy courgettes.

shenal's picture

This is such a tasty dish and equally as good with pasta shapes instead of tagliatelle. I also found that slicing the courgettes finely instead of grating was better, not so much moisture.I have added some grated cheddar cheese too along with the crème fraiche and just sprinkled the parmesan on when serving.

amyeh90's picture

Really quick and easy dinner that managed to use up lots of excess courgettes from the garden. I added some courgette ribbons and sliced up courgette flowers last minute for a bit of colour/texture. Yummy!

FionaLM's picture
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Fantastic recipe. Tasty and manages to use a load of excess courgettes. Don't skimp on the number of courgettes; they reduce down considerably and a lot of the watery fluid goes, leaving a rich sauce. Used the biggest frying pan I have and it still took time, but worth it. Persevere through the watery stage and it will work! Added some Szechuan pepper and chilli to add extra spice. Great.

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