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)

zoeblack's picture

This recipe was lovely very simple and full of tangy flavour. I aslo added a couple of shallots to it which was tasty too

alikay27's picture

Excellent fast and tasty dish.We love this recipe.

harrislo's picture

Really nice I used quorn ham as I am a veggie and it worked well

rubyandlucyrecipes's picture

Absolutely delicious. My 7-year-old daughter loved it! I would definitely recommend it.

vinny1's picture

Quick and easy to make, tastes delicious - and it's super healthy - what more could you want? It's a firm favourite in our house. The basil is key though - don't leave it out!

hera247's picture

Ok lol now I see what I did ... I had to mix everything together not put them in one at a time lol!!

hera247's picture

Correction to my comment - I did put in the ingredients before the cream so maybe ...

hera247's picture

This tasted gr8 although in contrast to the above comments I couldn't really taste the lemon in it. What I did feel though is that it came a little too sticky , the pasta tended to stick together too much .... Any suggestions pls on what might have gone wrong? I didn't put in the rest of the ingredients before the cream so maybe that's where I messsed up

Trinicook1's picture

Hi there maybe it had nothing to do with you and more to do with the lemon, I know the post is old but its for others as well. I roll my lemon on the work top until it softens then voila juicy lemon perfect for lemony pasta :)

raine3's picture

We loved it with the whole lemon, but looking forward to trying it with the suggested mushroom or peas too!

littlevicx's picture

I am starting to learn how to cook different, easy foods and this one was a great recipe to do. My family and I loved it. I definitely recommend this recipe.

igrieveuk's picture

As with other comments cut back on the lemon juice and its fine.

rdboon's picture

I replaced the linguine with tagliatelle, which gave me thicker strips of pasta, I used less lemon and actually did pasta for two but the sauce as above (for 6) so it was REALLY creamy, which was fantastic, I also used smoked bacon instead with all the fat trimmed off.
Was a fantastically easy and tasty dish that I was definitely do again!!

emma_danielle's picture

Lovely dish, nice and light!

ayshe77's picture

The whole family loved this dish. Really quick and easy to make! I added king prawns and peas.

gabicraven's picture

Nice and easy. Great to put together in less than 15 mins!

gemmajane's picture

Perhaps a little bland if your used to richer creamier sauces but, I thought this was a lovely, fresh, light alternative to your average pasta dishes. Perfect if you're in a hurry and watching the calories ;-)

gill_david's picture

It was OK but nothing special. Advantages: it was quick to prepare and good if you are watching those calories!
Disadvantages: a bit bland. My daughter found it a sweet. Also tbh the recipe says 'for 6' but I cooked it for 4 using same quantities as in recipe and it was just enough and we're not piggy eaters.

martinaf's picture

Very easy to make but I will reduce the lemon next time.


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