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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susanjwilson's picture
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Really tasty although I changed the wafer thin ham to thin stips of gammon and didn't use Parmesan. I never weighed any ingredients either. Very quick and easy to do and will dfinately do this one again.

meeser's picture

I have one word for this dish "AMAZING" the only thing i dident add to the dish was the mushrooms but still tasted good will be making again and again.

familymole's picture

I used some chorizo added with the leeks and creme fraiche then added some white wine. I used all other ingredients but also added some mild chilli powder as i was worried it would need more seasoning. The chorizo (or red onion as someone has suggested) adds some much needed colour and it tasted delicious

mcmahon81's picture
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Love this recipe! Have made a couple of times now and it's very tasty, quick and easy to make. Brill that it's low fat too :)

parham1's picture
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Used a sweet chilli flavoured lo-fat soft cheese - gave it a real zing!

karenbrown1980's picture
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I've just made this for dinner and was worried it would be a bit bland but it wasn't at all. It was really delicious. I used Philli sundried tomato and basil and it worked really well. Will def make again.

lurvlyloz's picture
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really really liked this reciepe. this suprised us as we though it would be quite average. will def be making again :) X

jokiernander's picture
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Very tasty, I used Philly Garlic & Herbs. Perfect weeknight recipe.

neezy1911's picture
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Where the comments have been 'needs more seasoning' try instead a low fat flavoured cheese. I used sainsburys lighter with cracked black pepper and it certainly packed a punch!

cricrinapoli's picture
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I made this recipe exactly as directed and it was amazing. I can't believe that something so easy to make can be so yummy! And my husband couldn't believe it's also low calorie. The only thing is that it was only enough for the two of us, but very filling.

sherlali's picture
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Quick and easy to make great week day meal.

kategoudy's picture
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I'm a big pasta lover and this simple dish containing some veg and being low fat hits the spot. Turned out a little stodgier than I was expecting but that could just be because I didn't add enough of the pasta water. Will definitely make this again for a quick storecupboard after work dinner.

ruthy31's picture
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A lovely quick and easy pasta dish. I used smoked bacon finely chopped instead of ham and fried it with the leeks. Enjoyed by all- especially my 2 year old.

kimkap's picture
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This is such a simple dish to make and so delicious. I used Philly with garlic and herbs (only cos it was the one I had in the fridge) and have noted comment above re red onion - will be trying that the next time I make this.

jules1997's picture
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Extremly tasy and creamy. Will definatley make this again :)

missmain90's picture
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This is lovely, both times I've made this I havent had any leaks so used red onions instead and it has been yummy!
Think it would be nice also with a touch of white wine.
So quick and easy to make too.

kev540's picture

One of the nicest spaghetti dishes I've had, I used a little ham stock cube to season, a little white wine at start instead of the water, plenty of pepper and just a pinch if salt, left out the mushroom's and basil, if you wanted a herb I would personally go with thyme as suggested would be nicer than basil. I also only used one good sized clove off garlic, leave it out if you don't like garlic will be just as nice. I think it was the ham stock that made it so nice. Was better than what you could buy in most restraunts.

ccornell76's picture

Delicious and easy to make, highly recommended

eleanormayo's picture
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I read the other comments, which were rather mixed, so added some stock to the pasta water. I also used garlic and herb cream cheese and thought it was a good, tasty, quick & easy supper.

djdjt06's picture
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Very quick and tasty. Also easily adapted to whatever you fancy at the time. Great 'creamy' pasta if you're on a diet.

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