Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6
Keep the kids happy with this easy, low-fat recipe that's ready in under half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto



    Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • large handful basil leaves
  • large handful grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve, if you like



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the linguine. Meanwhile, tear the ham into small pieces and fry in the olive oil until golden and crisp.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, then return to the pan. Tip in the cooked ham. Mix together the lemon juice, egg yolks and crème fraîche, then add this to the pan along with the basil and Parmesan. Mix in with tongs, adding a little of the cooking water, if needed, to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. Serve with extra Parmesan grated over the top, if you like.

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Comments (70)

boxy999's picture

My pasta was a but sticky but I really liked this. I used streaky bacon instead of ham, served with some home made garlic bread.

luptonian's picture

This was not for me, I like lemon in sweet dishes only it seems, this was just bitter. But my other half didn't mind it. It won't be made again though here I am afraid!

smithyskingdom's picture

Just made this and omg it was fit, i changed the ham to Smoked Bavarian Ham which made it so delicious and was very tasty and filling so thanks for the recipe

Kamillanlarsen's picture

Quick, easy and tasty. Perfect for busy days.
I dropped the eggs and added a bit more sour cream and cooking water. Seasoned simply with pepper and nutmeg, really enjoyed this.

Alessya19's picture

I've cooked this yesterday. I've added mor crème fraîche and I've doubled the quantity of prosciuto. Both me and my fiance liked it. I'll do this again because it's the perfect choise when you want a quick and easy meal that tastes good.

chefdicko's picture

It's nice and easy, added shallots

shell-mcmillan's picture

Really quick and easy, lovely recipe but next time I'd use half a lemon! :)

PianoMaster's picture

My family hated this recipe, as did I...

Lauren0840's picture

Can't imagine why! What's not to love?! Loved this recipe - make it all the time when time is tight and you want a tasty meal.

Em135's picture

Fancied some summery pasta and this caught my eye. Have just had it for the second time, having made some alterations to the recipe. We found it a bit dry the first time around and my husband wanted more lemon so I used 2 lemons, most of a pot of creme fraiche and streaky bacon rather than prosciutto (about 150g) which worked well and is a bit cheaper too. Much preferred tonight's version and definitely one that we will have again.

Trinicook1's picture

with large variations in the ratings, I decided to give this recipe a go mainly because of the quickness factor. Long and short was we loved it. If you don't like citrus don't bother. The recipe required no salt and I used half fat creme fraiche. I wish I was having this again tonight

dermbut's picture

A really lovely, easy, quick meal. Halved all the ingredients as making for two and it came out fine. Certainly not too lemony. Also used low fat creme fraiche.

arhodes's picture

Easy and delicious, enjoyed by kids and adults.

jenniewhitfield's picture

We didn't like this at all, too lemony and salty.

julesgirl's picture

I might try adding bacon less lemon juice then before and maybe using less egg/creme faiche?

julesgirl's picture

I used less lemon as the other comments have said but I still found it too lemony! I also found it was too liquidy but maybe I just went wrong somewhere? I was slightly dissapointed but I think I'll try it again and c if I can improve it.

julesgirl's picture

I used less lemon as the other comments have said but I still found it too lemony! I also found it was too liquidy but maybe I just went wrong somewhere? I was slightly dissapointed but I think I'll try it again and c if I can improve it.

rizzle363's picture

such a tasty but light sauce, replaced ham with chunks of a roasted salmon fillet and everyone loved it!

lynnehighway1969's picture

We had this as a family meal and everyone loved it. I halved the amount of lemon. Think it would be nice with sundried tomatoes too.

missfordy's picture

I really liked that, made it today for lunch but made a few changes, wholewheat spag, no basil (not a fan) and regular butchers ham. Was lovely and very quick!


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