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

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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jemariella's picture
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was good, but i used grated cheddar instead of parmisean on my first bath which i found didn't compliment it as well... so i'd say stick to the guidelines it's lovely!

ilyria's picture
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easy & really delicious. will definitely make again!

pugliashoponline's picture
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Tastes like carbonara but with the courgettes for goodness...

jcrawford323's picture
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Delicious, although I did add extra Parmesan to the sauce.

tallaway's picture
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Delicious. I added frozen peas for the last minute of cooking then topped with basil and chilli flakes before serving. Loved the spicy kick!

adazmanx's picture
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This was an excellent recipe. Easy, quick and looked so good on the plate. I made my own pasta for the first time to use with this recipe and it just worked an absolute treat.

kristi123's picture
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This recipe was quick, tasty and cheap. Added spring onions when I added the garlic. Will defo make again. I don't usually like creamy sauces but this has to be my first exception. Courgettes add substance to it. Will add more bacon next time

sabrina5509's picture
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Yummy and very quick to cook. Everyone is very impressed with this dish including my 3 yr old

Paxos Girl's picture
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Used a speed peeler and made ribbons of courgette instaed of grating them. Added a good pinch of chilli flakes for a spicy kick and as I cannot get creme fraiche used Greek yoghurt. Very tasty meal - husband loved it. Already added to my recipe binder!!

sllyst's picture
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Turned my courgette hating partner into a courgette lover! Bacon can make anything taste good.

amywalsh1985's picture
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How can so few ingredients make such a tasty meal?! Easy, very quick and delicious. I was only cooking for 2 so halved the recipe but I actually think it could have taken an extra courgette in there. Definitely making this one again

sazzac's picture
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Add chilli for extra punch.

cowenbrown's picture
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This is a delicious and easy pasta dish. We have 5 overgrown courgettes to use up after our holiday so this will definitely be a well used recipe in the next couple of weeks.

mistysocks's picture
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Have just cooked and eaten this, absolutely delicious. So quick and easy to make, will definately be making this again!!

hedgehog2106's picture

This recipe is quick and tasty as well as really filling. I didn't have any parmesan but glad I didn't as I think it might have been a bit rich for me with it in. So pleased there's some left for my lunch tomorrow. Oh, I might just put a little chilli in next time, just for a little twist.

headley's picture
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YummY! I added some frozen peas and a few chopped up spring onions as well to get some more veg into it

meifun's picture

this sounds good, but does anyone have suggestions for a (preferably) non-processed vege alternative to bacon/pancetta?

benatjamins's picture
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This was very tasty and easy i added fresh chili and fresh flat leaf parsley at the end

gemcheat's picture
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Very tasty quick meal!

bimbobaby's picture
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Was yummie. wasn't sure when i was cooking the courgettes but all turned out ok. i whacked the courgettes in the food processor & they went a lil mushy but think they go like that once cooked anyway. Tastes like carbonara

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