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Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

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(94 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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

  • kcalories384
  • fat11g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.38g
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Ingredients

  • 2 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…

  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced

    Leek

    lee-k

    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

    Basil

    ba-zil

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

  • 25g grated Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

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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.

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Comments (81)

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.

0sweetcupcake0's picture
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I loved this one. The only adjustments I did to it were to add some creme fraiche as well as the cream cheese as I prefer my pasta to be more "saucey". I used applewood smoked ham too and it was truly delicious. Will definitely be making it again!

redhotbez's picture
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Fantastic!! Filling, tasty, low fat and cheap! Great for a large family like ours. Also very quick and simple. Will be making it again and agin!!

Hardly any washing up too :-)

lilmssquirrel's picture
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Disappointed. Desperately needs more seasoning - have never tasted anything so bland before. I make a similar dish with chicken to which I add concentrated chicken stock and creme fraiche. Won't be bothering with this one again. Low fat and low in taste!

sukicoop's picture
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Yummy, used ham bits instead of smoked and used milk instead of water from the spaghetti. Was delicious.

vicwiggers's picture
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Made it this evening, tasted great. Didn't have any basil, but it wasn't missed. Will definately be making again.

hunkamunka's picture
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I made this last night and my other half loved it. I on the other hand thought it could do with loads of seasoning! I used Philadelphia Light with chives but I think it would be better with the Garlic and herb one. Having said that, would make it again as its very filling and has the bonus of being low fat too!

annando's picture
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So tasty and so easy! The family didn't even know that this was low fat!!

maclews's picture
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this was good, quick and easy. I added some chili flakes to add some zing and as earlier comments , definitely needs lots of seasoning. I used creme fraiche and philly cheese that I had in the fridge. easy weekday meal.

hoiles123's picture
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A quick and easy dish, I also used creme fresh and added pea's and spinach, overall a very tasty dish...However remember to season well..

twiggles's picture
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Full of flavour and easy to make. Will make it again and again

sweetie01's picture
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I really liked this recipe, it was quick, easy and very tasty. Will definitely be making it again

nickythomas42's picture
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This is really tasty...i actually made it with thyme not basil and had some left over marscapone in fridge so used that instead of philly...but it was very tasty and definitely making again!

alexavw's picture
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used diced pancetta instead of the ham which was delicious!
Also followed the previous advise and used creme fraishe - great recipe

janbomyers's picture
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Delicious. Didn't have any ham so just missed it out, and it was still great.

jaebee's picture
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A very nice quick meal. I added a couple of tablespoons of low fat cream and used up some leftover ham sliced as thinly as I could manage. Will definitely make again.

gxf00u's picture
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Nice dish, if I were to make it again I would substitute with 120 grams of low fat cheese & 50 grams of creme fraishe. Plenty of seasoning required.

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