Bacon & mushroom pasta

Bacon & mushroom pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 25 minutes


Serves 4
A simple one-pan pasta dish with bacon, mushrooms and pesto - ready in under 30 minutes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal567
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.41g
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  • 400g penne (or other tube shape) pasta
  • 250g pack chestnut or button mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 4 tbsp pesto (fresh from the chiller cabinet if possible)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 200ml carton 50% fat crème fraîche
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water in a large non-stick saucepan according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms and snip the bacon into bite-size pieces with scissors or a sharp knife.

  2. Reserve a few drops of the cooking water in a cup or bowl, then drain the pasta and set aside. Fry the bacon and mushrooms in the same pan until golden, about 5 mins. Keep the heat high so the mushrooms fry in the bacon fat, rather than sweat.

  3. Tip the pasta and reserved water back into the pan and stir over the heat for 1 min. Take the pan off the heat, spoon in the pesto and crème fraîche and most of the basil and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the remaining basil to serve.

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Comments (120)

woody121's picture

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woody121's picture

This is a good week night tea when you don't really have much in the fridge -I couldn't get "fresh" pesto from the little supermarket I nipped into, so used the stuff in a jar, and it still tasted good so I bet its even better with the fresh stuff. Will def make again.

nhoneymonster's picture

Tasty and really easy to prepare.

lmillington's picture

Enjoyed this even though just used pesto from a jar (don't think I've seen it in the chillers in Spain) - also didn't add the creme fraiche as hubby doesn't really like it. Made a big batch and froze some of it for work lunches. Will def make again and might try with sun-dried tomato pesto next time if I can find some.

dishymummy's picture

I agree with the comments - it is a really easy and tasty dish to make. I will make this again but will fry some onions and garlic with the bacon and mushrooms. I also think it would be nice to replace the basil leaves with spinach since the pesto is quite strong on its own.

sarah2810's picture

Delicious! :)

flinz84's picture

quick simple, and delicious :)

fairystoryteller's picture

Yummy! Has become a favourite in our house - two teenage daughters ask for it when friends come over and big thumbs up from the adults too. We serve it with a crispy green salad. Recommended!

bezboy's picture

made this tonight and it was a great success. simple to make and very tasty.

superkat1's picture

Great easy recipe! Used red pesto and added steamed green beans and sugarsnap peas and didn't have any basil. Thumbs up from my 6 year old! Also didn't use too much creme fraiche

rebecca_1980's picture

very quick and easy to make. really enjoyed.
Yum Yum

carmelcawley's picture

Really tasty, especially with extra vegetables such as peppers and courgette.

lizchao's picture

This is fantastic, just did this on a work night. Amazingly tasty - this will definitely be my go to recipe.

ourcarol's picture

Used red pesto, as not too keen on green pesto. Very tasty and easy, enjoyed by myself, my husband, and my 21 month old!

sumbids's picture

lLoved it,loved it!!! Hubby says it tastes better than restaurant pasta and trust me he's a bit of a pasta snob.I used tomato pesto and left out the double cream(didn't have any in the fridge) but it still tasted amazing and its so quick that I made it while my 6-month old took a catnap.Have repeated this for friends since then and got full marks everytime.

sonya_l's picture

Nom nom nom!!! Delicious as it is - even better with a generous helping of grated parmesan :)

karenlovesgoodfood's picture

This is honestly one of the nicest pasta dishes EVER! So tasty and so quick. It has become a firm family favourite!

rlpile's picture

Loved this dish and so simple.

fluffyowl's picture

Such an easy recipe and the kids love it!!

laurenwalker82's picture

One of our fave mid week meals- I add a bit of fresh chili to give it a slight kick; yum!


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