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)

judith100's picture

Very simple and tasty. one of those rare meals the whole family liked

agarnett's picture

This is a quick & tasty recipe. Will try with tomato pesto next time.

sean023's picture

We've done this a few times now and love it! Quick, easy and delicious!

rebecca1july's picture

A great recipe using storecupboard ingredients.
My son who is really fussy enjoyed this meal so will will be making it again xx

Ferrari butterfly's picture

so quick, so simple - Love it! sometimes add chicken as well, always a hit!

kerryhicks's picture

Really easy to make & so delicious

tabsimone-96's picture

This was a lovely, filling dish which was quite easy to make. However, I don't see how it is a one-pot dish, as it requires one saucepan to cook the pasta, and another to fry the mushrooms and bacon. Also the amount of pasta it says to use is far too against the other ingredients-I did about 300g and next time I make it I may even use less than that. Nevertheless, it was still a delicious dish in the end and we were left with spotless plates!

janhearn's picture

a fab quick midweek family meal, everyone loved it, clean plates all round!

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rodg75's picture

my favourite recipe on the site, hard to get wrong...:) everybody loves this one.

vicwiggers's picture

Less pesto, makes it too oily.

thecleverbit's picture

Amazing dish! I added rocket and parmesan shavings, gives it a little something extra...

tamaryn's picture

This was simple and very easy to make, yet it tasted absolutely fabulous! A firm favorite!

sarahk's picture

Used chopped pancetta instead of bacon as it was in the fridge. A jar of pesto (not chilled) as in cupboard. I had some fresh basil left over from the weekend (unusual) and I think this really made a difference. A very quick, tasty and substantial meal. My husband gave it the thumbs up so I guess it will be a regular!

elliott1920's picture

This was fabulous. We didn't use fresh pesto, just the jar stuff and it was really delicious!

pollyroberts's picture

yum! quick and easy mid-week meal. have had this a few times and the recipe is delicious. also have added chorizo when i didn't have quite enough bacon and that was a tasty addition. also try grating a tiny bit of gorgonzola over to serve

riacampbell's picture

This recipe looks ace, I'm going to cook it for dinner this evening. But if you want it to be dairy free, you have to omit the creme fraiche and the pesto too, as the latter contains cheese (pecorino). You can buy vegan pesto from many supermarkets, which has no cheese in it, or make your own at home.

littlemissmaccas's picture

AMAZING! My boyfriend cooked this for me last night and we both loved it. He used a tomato pesto as that is what we prefer, used a mixture of chestnut mushrooms and shitake mushrooms and added a few green olives. Really simple and tasty dish, this will be done again and again in our house. Couldn't fault it at all.

jkenne01's picture

Could not believe how tasty this was and so easy to prepare - highly recommended for a quick mid week dish!

natalie96's picture

Quick and easy, the bacon made a nice alternative to using chicken with pesto. Will make again


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