Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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 info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
349
protein
15g
carbs
51g
fat
11g
saturates
4g
fibre
2g
sugar
2g
salt
0.82g

Ingredients

  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • large handful basil leaves
  • large handful grated parmesan, plus extra to serve, if you like

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010

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nikkidowns's picture
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Gave it 3 stars last time but made it again tonight and it was really tasty! Not sure what I did differently I think I added bit more lemon and basil this time, also a bit of black pepper.

gemmamaria's picture
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The lemon juice was too much for my taste but delicious all the same.... Will add a bit less next time

marguerite_caunt's picture
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Lovely recipe - I made it with wholegrain linguine and used the whole egg rather than just the yolk (just be careful not to heat it too much or it'll scramble!). Added some peas for colour and sat on the balcony in the sunshine with a glass of wine!! Yummy!

messyjessie86's picture
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Nice light dish. I too added half the quantity of lemon, which was definitely the right decision I'd say...

nikkidowns's picture
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Slightly lacked the flavour promised but a good quick meal I will probably make again. I used this amount of prosciutto for 2 people and seemed about right to me!

fsavrijdroste's picture
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Too lemony

eleanormayo's picture
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This was really tasty and made a nice change.

tcox1987's picture
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Really enjoyed this dish, will definately make it again.
The portions werent very large my partner had to have 2 sandwiches after

joanna1972's picture
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This recipe is the new family favourite!!
I added onion and mushrooms to the ham, used the whole of a small lemon and the whole pot of growing basil from the supermarket and it worked like a dream!
So quick and easy it didn't feel like I had actually cooked!!

o0cherrelle0o's picture
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really quick and easy to make, my fussy boyfriend and i LOVED this recipe. highly recommend this dish.

sammendez1's picture
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Quick, easy and tasty - a perfect dish if you're not too hungry and fancy something quick.

oaktreehill's picture
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I too reduced the lemon in the dish but still found it too lemony. Both myself and my husband were not a fan of this recipie at all.

little-one's picture
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I actually liked the amount of lemon. Very summery, quick and easy.

sqwelch's picture
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really quick and scrumptious - great for a late night after a long day at work...
I used half fat creme fresh and I added in some frozen peas when mixing in all the ingredients together and it just gave it that little bit extra...they added a nice colour dimension as well!

loopyloo20's picture
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tasty used phillidephia light instead of creme fresh, extra cheesy

sexybum1's picture
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this was really easy to make and absolutely gorgeous i added some mushrooms and really though it could of done with a bit of garlic but thanks for the suggestion to only half a lemon as a whole one would of been to much thanks xx

mmounsey's picture
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Did I do something wrong with this one? I was really looking forward to it because it has a lot of my favourite foods in it. I reduced the lemon juice as other people suggested but it was still very bitter, I used the exact quantity of prosciutto and it was really salty, so for me this dish was hard to eat. I might try make it again and see what happens.

juliamccartney's picture
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Tasty but had to add a little more creme fraiche as was dry and was worried that adding any more of the pasta water would make it too watery!

numberonegoat's picture
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This recipe was superfast and easy to make after a long day at work! I used Greek yoghurt instead as I didn't have creme fraiche and it turned out wonderfully. Will defo make again!

justjaney2130's picture
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I thought this was ok but nothing special. I used reduced fat creme fraiche so maybe that is why.!

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