Leek & mackerel penne bake

Leek & mackerel penne bake

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
This is a super-fast, filling meal for busy midweek winter nights - it's great with smoked haddock too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal925
  • fat52g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs84g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre5g
  • protein35g
  • salt2.72g
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  • 2 leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced



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

  • knob of butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g penne
  • 200ml pot reduced-fat crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp capers



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub, which grows in the Mediterranean. As…

  • 2 small smoked mackerel fillets, skinned and flesh flaked into large chunks


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…

  • 25g breadcrumb


  1. Fry the leeks in the butter until very soft, about 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat the grill. When the leeks are soft, stir in the crème fraîche, capers and fish. Heat through for 1 min. Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce, season to taste, then tip everything into a small baking dish. Scatter with the crumbs and grill until golden and crisp.

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9th May, 2019
A real favourite in hour house. I've made different variations,adding mixed frozen veg or spinach, if I didn't have any leeks. My youngest daughter isn't too keen as she finds smoked mackerel a strong flavour but with smoked haddock she loves it.
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Katrina Daoud
18th Mar, 2018
Recipe was very easy to make, as promised. was a bit bland. I added Franks Red Hot Sauce after it was cooked for a little spice flavouring and that helped. Cheese might help as well.
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18th Jul, 2017
Quick, easy and tasty. The first few times I made this I found it a little dry but adding a splash of pasta water along with the creme fraiche makes a difference. I agree with the other reviewers who suggest adding cheese (I used parmesan) to the breadcrumbs.
10th Jan, 2017
Lovely midweek meal made to recipe except less pasta and a bit more mackerel due to the size of packets I had. Used lemon and parsley mackerel which gave it an extra flavour. Will make again.
1st Nov, 2014
Used flour and milk rather than creme fraiche and added garlic and herbs de provence to the breadcrumbs. Delicious and easy.
7th Aug, 2014
Lovely, quick, week day meal. Swapped the leeks for spinach, added some horseradish to the sauce and parmesan to the breadcrumbs.
15th Apr, 2014
Very good, added sweetcorn and peas!
11th Apr, 2013
I used green peppercorns instead of capers. It was an honest mistake, but it tasted awfully good.
13th Mar, 2013
Love this recipe! Its so quick and easy. I added a tin of sweetcorn to get some more veg into it and also adds a bit of colour (I would image pepper would work really well too). I also added some cheese to the breadcrumbs on the top. I'm making it again for dinner tonight - can't wait!
12th Feb, 2013
A firm favourite in our house. Simple, easy and tasty.


11th Jul, 2013
Is 925 calories per portion really accurate?
24th Jan, 2019
This went down well! Even less washing up if you fry the leeks in an ovenproof casserole dish and then add the rest of the ingredients to that, rather than transferring it to another dish before grilling. Following other comments, I added mixed herbs and some grated pecorino cheese to the breadcrumb topping. Used breadcrumbs straight from the freezer. I added half a tin of sweetcorn to the filling. Served topped with fresh chopped chives and parsley, and some torn crunchy lettuce leaves.
6th Sep, 2015
Made with home homemade parsley sauce instead of creme fraiche, with a little left over double cream and added some grated Parmesan on top of breadcrumbs
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