- 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
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.
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.
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.
Make it different
Swap the basil pesto for red or sun-dried tomato pesto.
Make it dairy-free
Omit the crème fraîche, replacing it with a few more spoonfuls of pesto instead.