Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(62 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto
    Prosciutto

    Prosciutto

    proh-shoo-toe

    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
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  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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Trinicook1
23rd Jul, 2013
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
15th Jul, 2013
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
17th Apr, 2013
Easy and delicious, enjoyed by kids and adults.
jenniewhitfield
17th Apr, 2013
1.05
We didn't like this at all, too lemony and salty.
julesgirl
18th Mar, 2013
3.05
I might try adding bacon less lemon juice then before and maybe using less egg/creme faiche?
julesgirl
18th Mar, 2013
3.05
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
18th Mar, 2013
3.05
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
3rd Mar, 2013
such a tasty but light sauce, replaced ham with chunks of a roasted salmon fillet and everyone loved it!
lynnehighway1969
26th Feb, 2013
4.05
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.
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missfordy
20th Jan, 2013
4.05
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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