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


  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 (101)

wantscake's picture

was quick to make, tasted good, i used spaghetti as didnt have tagliatelli, also added a handfull of chopped spinach i wanted to use up - worked great !

sianstoodley's picture

Quick, easy and the whole family loved it.

jennadowneyjunior's picture

Cooked this tonight exactly as in recipe and was delicious! So eat bot prepare and cook, and tastes absolutely lush! Definitely a winner. :)

ecrome's picture

This is the first time I have made this and it was scrummy , I added some spring onions and some mushrooms for added vegetables even my children liked it bonus !!

wildmummyboo's picture

Quick and easy and the boys loved it!

cheerfulness's picture

A real family pleaser, even for the ones that are normally courgette phobic!
Fresh, creamy and completely yummy!

guangdong's picture

We're not keen on courgettes so keep looking for new ways to try them. I looked at some of the other comments & aded chilli flakes & extra garlic. Everyone loved it!

jackieosh's picture

I can't wait to make this! Had earmarked Jamie Oliver's similar one, but then realised there are raw eggs in it, so being pregnant had to rethink! Delighted to find this one to use up the courgettes and pancetta!!!

ssum_t's picture

Absolutely delish!!! Hubby n i loved it... Substituted the bacon with minced chicken and added 1 red and 1 green chilly as well as some black pepper cuz we like a bit of a bite :) would definitely recommend it!

jemariella's picture

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

easy & really delicious. will definitely make again!

pugliashoponline's picture

Tastes like carbonara but with the courgettes for goodness...

jcrawford323's picture

Delicious, although I did add extra Parmesan to the sauce.

tallaway's picture

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

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

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

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

Paxos Girl's picture

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

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

amywalsh1985's picture

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


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