Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Creamy pasta needn't be off the menu when you're watching your weight - this one's low-fat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
384
protein
21g
carbs
53g
fat
11g
saturates
5g
fibre
8g
sugar
6g
salt
1.38g

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 140g low-fat soft cheese (we used Philadelphia Light)
  • 85g wafer-thin smoked ham, shredded
  • small pack basil
  • 25g grated parmesan

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Stir in the leeks, 2 tbsp water and some seasoning, cover, then cook for 5 mins over a medium heat until softened. Add the mushrooms and garlic, then cook for 3 mins more. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, then drain, reserving a little of the cooking liquid.
  2. Stir the soft cheese into the leek and mushroom mixture, adding enough of the reserved pasta liquid to give a sauce-like consistency. Add the ham, basil leaves and Parmesan, then toss in the spaghetti.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2010

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ally1985's picture
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Very tasty, and very simple!

lisa_marie_mohr's picture
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This is a very tasty recipe as long as it is well seasoned. I made it even healthier by using Philadelphia Lightest and low fat creme fraishe. I also swapped the mushrooms for petite pois as we're not the biggest fans of mushrooms in our household. Very nice!

curtis5red's picture
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very nice, used half cream half low fat Philly, added a stock cube as was suggested as worried about being bland, was nice but a bit salty so will leave the stock cube next time, will make again and adapt to what's in the fridge as really easy

kittyjumble's picture
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Yes, this is creamy, but it's really bland. I used lemon sole (had some left over that needed using) and added peas for some colour, plus natural yoghurt and white wine for the sauce. As per the other feedback, I added lots of seasoning but it was still very tasteless. Needs something punchier to bring in some flavour.

cornishshar's picture
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Good quick mid-week meal

babsfazekas's picture
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Used creme fraiche in place of the cheese, spinach instead of the basil and skipped the ham. Nice and light, but does need a ton of seasoning to stop it from being bland. Will try it with the original ingredients next time as I imagine the smoked ham and basil would really help there.

katejones8's picture
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I didn't have fresh basil so used a small sprinkle of dried basil. Also added white wine, used a mixture of creme fraiche and the supermarket's own garlic and herb roule, and used bacon the 2nd time I made it although it was delicious with ham too. Tasted delicious but my version probably wasn't quite as low-fat!

natasha_henriques's picture
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I gave up eating creamy pasta's a long time ago because of the high fat content, so I couldn't wait to try this and it didn't disappoint. I thought it was delicious and so did the kids.

kimbo333's picture
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Very easy and really yummy!

fionapsmx's picture
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Oh MY WORD! this is gorgeous and fits perfectly into my "healthy eating"

Can't believe something so yummy is also so good for you

tamjam's picture
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An ok dish, Will make something similar in the future, but not very exciting. A recipe for when you need to use up those ingrediants in the fridge.

rrobbins's picture
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Healthy, easy and tasty. A regular now.

jennahale2010's picture
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Really enjoyed this dish. Took on some comments and used garlic & herb Philadelphia-worked really well. Will definitely have again!

Lola_balola's picture
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Thought this was really tasty but did add a pork stock cube (no ham stock available!). Next time I would leave out the basil as doesn't quite fit. The flavoured soft cheese is probably a good idea. Overall quick and easy so 4 stars.

pippad's picture
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We had this for dinner last night, with Gluten Free Spaghetti. It was really easy to make, really quick and tasty. We didn't need to add any of the pasta water as with the residual heat of the mushroom/Leek mixture the cream cheese "melted" to a good sauce consistency. It also made my house smell really inviting!

mrscrunke's picture

As a quick healthy meal this dish is great, easy to do, tasty and filling.

kneelbeforezod's picture
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A quick and easy meal that's readily adapted. I added some left over chestnuts to supplement the mushrooms. I agree that substituting low fat Creme fraiche might make it creamier. Might work well with bacon instead of ham too :-)

hazys1's picture
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enjoyed this for an easy mid week meal, used fusilli pasta as had no
spaghetti probably better with spaghetti.

bastardbear's picture
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Tried this tonight. I went the "33%/66% creme fraiche/light cheese" route and it was rather nice. Not too creamy, and the leeks made all the difference. Oh and I also added a couple of rashers of streaky bacon, cut into small pieces, then dry fried until crispy. Very nice. Would do again, many thanks.

susanjwilson's picture
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Really tasty, quick and easy to make. Changed the wafer thin ham to strips of gammon and omitted the Parmesan. Definately one I'll make again.

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