Bacon & mushroom pasta

Bacon & mushroom pasta

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(125 ratings)

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

Easy

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

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal567
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.41g
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Ingredients

  • 400g penne (or other tube shape) pasta
  • 250g pack chestnut or button mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    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

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

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

    The…

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

Method

  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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amandapepper
7th May, 2012
5.05
SO simple, so quick and delicious.
worstchef
18th Apr, 2012
5.05
As my name suggests i'm not only a new cook but quite rubbish also... i sort of hashed this together last night with the right ingredients but got a bit excited at the end and may have just sploshed all the creme fraiche i had (a small organic pot was like 89p) and all of my fresh pesto. It looked alright and quite like the pictures but tasted a bit funky... it was alright but a bit sour tasting did i do to much or too little of the creme fraiche or the pesto it was all new ingredients.
melissasilcock12
18th Apr, 2012
i love this recipe i gave it to my daughter because she love pasta and she said she would like it again.
darrenharris7
3rd Apr, 2012
5.05
Quick easy supper....will add pomodoro tomatoes next time.
ah1976
29th Mar, 2012
4.05
A very quick & tastey meal.
vanessa2012
28th Mar, 2012
I Loved it! so easy to make and such a light and fresh dish! Thank You
laura_mac18
25th Feb, 2012
3.05
Nice but go easy on the creme fraiche and the pesto, I was a bit heavy handed and it made it a bit too rich.
fatbelly33
17th Jan, 2012
5.05
A really nice & easy supper or tea in a hurry. We made it as per instructions and it tasted really good.
joots16
11th Jan, 2012
5.05
Excellent result and easy to do. Even the fussiest eaters in the family enjoyed it.
sandrad60
2nd Jan, 2012
5.05
Absolutely lovely. Have made similar before but this turned out better. Added a chopped shallot and garlic, and some parsley at the end. Used excess liquid from frying bacon and mushrooms as well as the pasta water which made it quite light and tasty. Will do again.

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