Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


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


  • kcal384
  • fat11g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.38g
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  • 2 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…

  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 200g chestnut mushroom, sliced
  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 140g low-fat soft cheese (we used Philadelphia Light)
  • 85g wafer-thin smoked ham, shredded
  • small pack basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 25g grated Parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  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.

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Comments (81)

kneelbeforezod's picture

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

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

bastardbear's picture

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

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.

susanjwilson's picture

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

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

Used a sweet chilli flavoured lo-fat soft cheese - gave it a real zing!

karenbrown1980's picture

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

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

Very tasty, I used Philly Garlic & Herbs. Perfect weeknight recipe.

neezy1911's picture

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

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

Quick and easy to make great week day meal.

kategoudy's picture

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

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

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

Extremly tasy and creamy. Will definatley make this again :)

missmain90's picture

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.


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