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)

isabel22's picture

Wow amazing this dish is of resterant standard!!!!!! a hit with everyone, added chicken but was not really needed.

loopylady10's picture

A really quick, easy and tasty family dish which I served with garlic bread. I made it with sun dried tomato pesto, so it wasn’t as colourful as the picture but the flavour was excellent. I didn’t take the pan off the heat before adding the pesto and crème fraiche, as I didn’t want it to be lukewarm. I left it on a low heat for a few minutes to heat through, but it could still have done with being a bit hotter.

representin's picture

Favourite recipe I've found on here so far, quick, simple and a tastebud senation....classic!

njwilson121's picture

I liked this but I think that the amount of creme fraiche made the meal too sticky for my taste. It felt like the creamy texture was clogging up my mouth. That aside - it was tasty, and I'm willing to give it another go - but maybe half the amount of creme fraiche and pesto to make it a bit drier.

izzy123's picture

fantastic , had it for lunch yesterday and about to make it again!! could have eaten another 2 portions ;) !

helencherry's picture

Easy peasy and tasty. Didn't bother with the creme fraiche as I didn't have any - maybe next time.

jcbroom's picture

Excellent - something the whole family likes (a miracle!)
Easy and quick to cook - I've been told to serve it with ciabatta,
so next time will probably increase quantities of pesto and
creme fraiche.

middle_pin2's picture

Very tasty meal. I added a clove of garlic and an onion which worked. Craime fraiche gave it quite a sharp flavour - nice, but i may try single cream next time.

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badcompany3004's picture

I don't like Creme Fraiche is there an alternative for this ingredient?

badcompany3004's picture

I don't like Creme Fraiche is there an alternative for this ingredient?

Little.Lisa's picture

Awesome dish. cooked it for the whole family and even the fussy eaters ate it all. has become a weekly regular as the leftovers (if there are any) are great for lunch the following day.

quick, easy and cooked in one dish; saved on washing up.

dutes8080's picture

Great pasta midweeker again from GF! Used the village butchers dry cured smoked bacon, best I've ever tasted, and the two times I've made this I used red pesto, Roast Pepper the first time and Aubergine the second. Very good on both occasions very quick and super tasty.

beckyv83's picture

Lovely recipie.

Made it low fat by using weight watchers creme fraiche (From Tesco) and Tesco healthy living smoked bacon rashers. So this cut out a lot of the fat content.

To bulk it up i added chicken as well. For extra flavour i crushed up gralic cloves and put it into the creme fraich.

My partner loved this! Make sure you use the basil as well.

jdk1556's picture

This was a lovely recipe, really quick to make and very tasty! I used garlic & herb cream cheese instead of the creme fraiche and it tasted great!
Had some left over so took it work and had it cold for lunch. Made a nice change to the usual sandwich.
Will definitely make this again :-)

cookaholic-94's picture

Loved this pasta dish, So easy and quick. This has become a regular meal in our house and is a hit with everyone! This the best pasta recipie I have ever tasted. Definitely one to try if you already haven't!!

jeanius's picture

Mxed revues from the family with this one. Main one is needs a lot less pasta and more bacon. I used low fat pesto which may have been a mistake. I liked it but the blokes in the family not sure.

aerion's picture

An excellent example of how a simple recipe results in a wonderful meal!

Instead of chestnut mushrooms I used portobello mushrooms because of their incredible flavour, a variation I can heartily recommend!

liezeldutoit's picture

We really liked this, but it is a bit simple. It is really quick and easy to make and my hubby loved it the next day for left overs, but not really the type of thing you need a recipe for


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