Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

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(58 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal703
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.87g
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  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced into rings



    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



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


  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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11th Jun, 2011
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.
15th May, 2011
Cooked this last night and absolutely loved it! It's really simple and quick to make and tasty. I agree with the comments that were made earlier about using low fat soft cheese, it makes a very rich sauce with full fat!
4th Apr, 2011
An all time favourite pasta recipe of mine. I reduce the amount of basil as I find it too much but other than that, it is fantastic.
4th Mar, 2011
Delicious - transforms traditional mac cheese into something light and grown up.
15th Dec, 2010
Completely fantastic. I used low-fat cream cheese, which worked fine. I'd recommend sticking to the advised quantities for the sauce ingredients, as first time I made it I used too much cheese (something I'd previously thought impossible!)
5th Dec, 2010
I used low fat cheese and only put the bacon in my husbands portion and it tasted great and made a good comfort supper.
17th Sep, 2010
I changed the recipe slightly: Pour all water away from Macaroni. Heat 200ml of milk in a pan with a knob of butter, thicken with cornflour and add mature cheese to taste. Pour over macaroni and add the bacon peas and spring onions. YUMMY.... (Didn't use soft cheese at all)
7th Sep, 2010
This sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it. I will probably use low fat cream cheese but extra strong cheddar, some gluten-free pasta (as I find it not so stodgy) and bake in the oven for a bit so it goes golden brown and there's crusty bits of cheese on top. Yum! I'm hungry already!
6th Sep, 2010
delicious! will be making again!
4th Sep, 2010
I made this for friends for dinner and it went down well. I forgot to put the basil in (even though it was right in front of me on the table as I was cooking!!) I didn't make it bacony enough as only used 2 large thick rashers but I did add some garlic salt too. It wasn't that cheesy so maybe next time i'll use a packet cheese sauce instead of the pata water and cream cheese. Would make again though.


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