Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A quick and creamy carbonara-style tagliatelle that showcases delicious courgettes contrasted with cream and pancetta

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal483
  • fat18.4g
  • saturates9.1g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars6.4g
  • fibre3.8g
  • protein21.5g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 1 tsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 150g diced pancetta or smoked bacon lardons



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 4 courgette, coarsely grated



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • handful freshly grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 small tub (200g) low-fat crème fraîche
  • 300g tagliatelle

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  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.

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Comments (98)

catherine2501's picture

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

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.

Girl30's picture

It definately needs the pasta water to loosen it up a bit, as suggested, but I can't find fault with this recipe. It was quick, easy, and tasty.

Big Daddy D's picture

Wanna marry? My wives and I are divorced

newcastle1981's picture

My son hates courgettes and he had a second portion. Really easy, really tasty and really good.

AlanRabjohn's picture

Excellent flavours! A quick and simple recipe that I will certainly be repeating.

clare211's picture

We liked the flavours in this recipe, but found it stodgy and a bit too greasy

dragon23's picture

really nice! i added spring onions and a tiny bit of rosemary, also i used cheddar

dianasparkler's picture

Delicious! Did add an onion, Worcester sauce, loads of pepper - may put herbs in next time. But that said, it was delicious as per recipe, really lovely!

lydiamary's picture

This is divine! So yummy and so simple.

abunzl's picture

This was a fantastic dish! Delicious and really easy to make. Total comfort food - yum!

nkgandotra's picture

I made this last night and it was delicious! I squeezed the moisture from the grated courgette so that it fried easier and then added the juice back in at the end - perfect.

sheena270373's picture

Very nice dish, even my fussy kids liked it. I used salmon instead of bacon and added a little chilli to give it a kick. Will definitely make again

deek18's picture

So yummy - it was fast and easy too! Delicious.

sjyay's picture

Really lovely and tasty

cadbury_c's picture

We loved this recipe - very quick to make and very tasty! I was quite generous with the garlic and used about 3 large cloves. What did the recipe justice was adding some nutmeg which I mixed as the tagliatelle and the mixture were getting combined. Superb!

justina87's picture

Great recipe, I added shallots and blended them with courgettes, garlic and cream as I prefer a smooth sauce to contrast the pancetta, very tasty!


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