Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
The perfect summer comfort food - classic macaroni cheese with extra veggies and herbs

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal703
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.87g
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Ingredients

  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced into rings
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 140g frozen pea
  • 400g macaroni
  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • small bunch basil, shredded
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

Method

  1. Fry the bacon and leeks in the oil for 10 mins until the bacon is golden and the leeks soft. Tip in the peas and heat through. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat the grill to high.

  2. Reserve 150ml of the cooking water before you drain the pasta, then add it, the soft cheese, half the grated cheese and the mustard to the pan with the veg. Stir until the cheese melts into a creamy sauce. Stir in most of the basil and the pasta, then scatter with the rest of the cheese. Grill for 2-3 mins until the cheese melts. Scatter with basil to serve.

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Rowena Wilkes
27th Mar, 2012
3.05
This was a real winner with my other half however I found it very rich and a bit too cheesy. Like others, I cooked it in the oven like a pasta bake, rather than grilling it. I added tomatos to the top aswell and didnt add the water to the cheese as I didnt think it needed it. Good in general but will tweak it a bit to suit us all
mamadel08
27th Mar, 2012
4.05
I used left over roast gammon, spring onions, Philly light with chives and a spoonful of Creme fraiche (to replace cheese already used!). Lots of black pepper and cayenne have a kick. finished in oven at 180 for 10 mins. 300g of macaroni is loads for 2. Lovely light alternative to macaroni cheese.
eleanormayo
10th Jan, 2012
3.05
I was really looking forward to cooking and eating this dish, but somehow it did not live up to expectation.
rachi09
1st Dec, 2011
5.05
Fantastic recipe will be having it again and generous portions.
hannahrook
15th Nov, 2011
4.05
Really easy and tasty mid week meal? My husband loved it too and it re-heats really nicely so he took it to work with him the next day. My 2 year old also loved it so this will definitely be one I make again
barrygreenback
10th Jul, 2011
3.05
I added Cayenne pepper to the sauce and baked it, then finished off under the grill, otherwise think it may have been a bit sloppy. I think if I tried it again would maybe try with red onions and peppers, and courgettes, with garlic soft cheese, and none of the peas!
ilikefooduk
7th Jul, 2011
4.05
This was very filling and quick to make. To reduce the calories and increase nutrition, I made the following changes which were fantastic: whole wheat fusilli for the macaroni light philadelphia for the soft cheese (to cut back on calories) three leaks instead of two 200g of peas instead of 140 "lowlow" grated irish cheddar (to cut back on calories) quorn bacon rashers in place of meat (because we are veg) other than that, i followed the recipe and this was fab! i don't think the changes i made hurt the recipe as it was still packed full of flavour and very satisfying. this will remain a regular for me. thanks!!!
ladyhazy
1st Jul, 2011
A delicious simple dish which is now one of me and my partners favourites. I didn't have any soft cheese when I first made it so I put a bit of Boursin (soft garlic cheese) in, and this is now a must! I also put a LOT of pepper in to give it some heat.
ladyhazy
1st Jul, 2011
A delicious simple dish which is now one of me and my partners favourites. I didn't have any soft cheese when I first made it so I put a bit of Boursin (soft garlic cheese) in, and this is now a must! I also put a LOT of pepper in to give it some heat.
actress1nce
11th Jun, 2011
4.05
I added a glug of white wine and used Tesco value low fat soft cheese, with a little cheddar and Dijon mustard. It was tasty but needed a bit more of a kick, I will add some garlic next time.

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