Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

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(110 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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

    Pancetta

    pan-chet-ah

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

  • 4 courgette, coarsely grated
    Courgette

    Courgette

    corr-zjet

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    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

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.

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jadedermody
15th May, 2015
did my own version of this with bacon, spag and chedder cheese. was still good
sarahkdouglas
31st Mar, 2015
5.05
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
18th Dec, 2014
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!
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Encho Pramatarov
7th Nov, 2014
5.05
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
15th Jul, 2015
i could have used more. thought it was delicious!
Scoochie
6th Jul, 2015
I only use half the courgette quantity and it's perfect
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Encho Pramatarov
6th Nov, 2014
5.05
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
29th Oct, 2014
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!!
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cinemike
1st Jul, 2015
The idea of a recipe is that you use the ingredients listed and the method descriped.
KaylasCakes
26th Oct, 2014
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 :)

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