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

    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


  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 (108)

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!

eleanorwalsh's picture

Absolutely wonderful. As suggested in the comments I added onions to my first batch but actually having tried without I don't think they add much to the dish. Really quick, really simple. I added pecorino to mine because I prefer it over Parmesan.

sarahkdouglas's picture

Truly delicious! And so easy too. The courgettes take quite a lot longer than the recipe states though.

kupoqueen's picture

I love this recipe but I felt onion was needed, as it was a little bit plain for me

marinaveiga87's picture

So easy and so delicious... I add some chopped chilli with the garlic and cook some mushrooms on the side and then add them towards the end, almost becomes a carbonara but so delish.

sarahlou2776's picture

Followed the recipe apart from substituting Philadelphia for the creme fraiche which worked really well. Quick and easy to make and loved by the whole family (even the fussy eaters). Will definitely use this recipe again.

Nancy54321's picture

cant fault this its really yummy and so simple to make. The only thing I changed was adding a couple of pinches of chilli flakes.

heleny's picture

Wow, great way to use up courgettes but with a great flavour. And so easy! Will definitely be making again!

csabberton's picture

Yummy recipe - I used Philadelphia for the sauce as the shop had run out of creme fraiche which worked very well. Will definitely make again

EmziHammer89's picture

Absolutely LOVE this recipe. It's very moreish and so tastey and dead simple to make! The recipe is very flexible as well - I added mushrooms & leeks for a bit more veg! Would highly recommend :)


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