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 (69)

juliamccartney's picture

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

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

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

lynsayp24's picture

Yummy!! i used organic wholemeal spagetti & low fat creme & lots of mushroom & shallots!!!!! perfect & very easy!!

theatricus's picture

Absolutely delicious!! The boyfriend complained I hadn't made more....and I came home to the same recipe waiting on the table two nights later!

missyhb's picture

A fantastic quick dinner thats full of flavour.

steph89gs's picture

extremely light but very tasty still. i will make this again. i added less lemon too, great advice! added mushrooms and onion too - made it a lot more wholesome. used gammon instead of prosciutto which was very tasty. all in all a very good result which myself and my flatmate laura just loved! quite superb.

margot_vds's picture

Liked it, but would add less lemon as the sauce tasted too much of lemon.

helsbels77's picture

Really tasty and light carbonara type main


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