Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(62 ratings)

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)

thereplicant07's picture

Quick, easy and delicious. Wondering if using egg white instead of yolk will make much difference as I want to reduce fat?

micwats's picture

Perfect quick and tasty dish. Love it.

fashionandfood's picture

This recipe was a heathy and at the same time lovely dish! It was easy to make and I would recomend to a friend. I severd with garlic bread, that went nicely. Thanks for the advice about only using half the lemon! This dish gets my vote!!!!

fashionandfood's picture

This recipe was easy to make, and a lovely dish.Thanks for the advice not to use all the lemon, as it tasted great. I would recpmend this to a friend. Also severd it with garlic bread. This dish gsts my vote.!!!

nikkidowns's picture

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

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

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

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

nikkidowns's picture

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

Too lemony

eleanormayo's picture

This was really tasty and made a nice change.

tcox1987's picture

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

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

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

sammendez1's picture

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

oaktreehill's picture

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

I actually liked the amount of lemon. Very summery, quick and easy.

sqwelch's picture

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

tasty used phillidephia light instead of creme fresh, extra cheesy

sexybum1's picture

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


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