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)

jah_mon's picture

Mine looked a lot creamier than the dish pictured so perhaps i used a bit too much creme fraiche but it was very tasty nonetheless & so quick! Will definitely make it again.

dpclough's picture

The kids absolutely devoured this! As suggested, best to use a good quality, fresh pesto. Will definitely be making again.

anniokm's picture

Perfect dish!!!!!!!!!!

pmr747's picture

Thoroughly enjoyed this. We used tomato pesto and it was great.

karenlw's picture

The recipe is so easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious, every my extremely fussy 4 year old devoured it and asked for more!!! I added a chopped cooked chicken breast and used red pesto instead. I will definitely be making this again!!

jennifermccrae21's picture

I loved this recipe. I've just started cooking and, not only was it really easy to make, it tasted delicious!!

Reni's picture

My family absolutely loved this dinner. It took no time at all to make yet felt like it could be served at a restaurant.

poshpause's picture

My hubby wants to send Jane Hornby a big kiss for a fantastic recipe. He reckons this is the nicest pasta dish he's had since for ever - and considering he's 42, that's quite a lot of pasta dishes! LOL Even my son, who hates mushrooms, was able to pick the mushrooms out and ate the rest with every indication of enjoyment (having first established "what the bits of leaf are?". *chuckle* Basil, for those who don't know!). Very definitely a big hit - but we'd probably have some garlic bread with it, next time.

clairewarnes's picture

love this quick and easy recipe. have made this a few times now and is a big hit.

shellbell751's picture

Easy to throw together and quite tasty.

chillihaha's picture

So easy yet so delicious. Entertaining made really easy !

emmawelsh's picture

I've been doing this for years only without the creme fraiche and it is has always been a favorite. I'll have to try this version now to compare - however the picture looks the same as my version so not sure how much the creme fraiche will enhance it. I'll give it a go!

nataliadale's picture

This recipe was quick and easy. It's become a family favourite.

brattanc's picture

A quick an easy mid week meal. Great that it can be done all in the one pan! Very tasty.

tygertyger's picture

I've used broccoli florets instead of mushrooms and smoked salmon instead of bacon (don't eat it) and left out the pine nuts, and it's been really easy to make and supertasty!

lu-belle's picture

So quick and easy - all the family loved it (even my fussy teenage son). Used a jar of tomato pesto - tasty!

joanne.webb's picture

Another one of my favourites, I think it;'s great not to use a jar sauce for pasta all of the time. I have added chicken to it aswell and used less pasta to make it even healthier.

august01's picture

Wow you must try this... I have had people I don't know ask for the recipe after my teenagers and friends had this for dinner (and they are hard to please). Really easy and so tasty.

billtom's picture

The whole family love this recipe. Very quick and easy for cooking after work. Also very tasty.

hunkamunka's picture

Delicious and easy to put together


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