Leek & mackerel penne bake

Leek & mackerel penne bake

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(47 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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12th Dec, 2011
A new midweek favourite! :) I just used cheese instead of breadcrumbs!
16th Nov, 2011
This was gorgeous, and will definately be making again..
15th Nov, 2011
Followed most of the suggestions to the recipe which I think could be essential for colour and interest. Used peppered mackerel, and added red pepper and a few button mushrooms. Also used cheese instead of breadcrumbs. I didn't use any seasoning (not needed with capers plus peppered mackerel) and served with frozen peas (although it would work just as well with a green salad). Extremely good and simple. I may try a few cherry tomatoes next time (definitely good enough to do again) and maybe some broken crisps along with the cheese on top, to give it a bit more of a crunch.
14th Nov, 2011
used bacon instead of fish,cheese instead of b/crumb,handfull of peas and chopped mushrooms,45mins cooked,eaten,washed-up brilliant mid-wk special, quick, very tasty, will be a regular!
13th Nov, 2011
Quick and easy dish. Even our 7 month old son loved it.
11th Nov, 2011
Very rich and a bit stodgy but filling and warming.
11th Nov, 2011
Sorry, forgot to rate the dish.
11th Nov, 2011
As I'm not too fond of cooked smoked mackerel I substituted lightly smoked cod in this dish and added some mushrooms (needed to be used up) when frying the leeks. Also used half-fat grated cheddar as the topping. No left-overs for the next day, sadly! I also wondered at the calory value, seemed a lot and nearly put me off trying the dish.
11th Nov, 2011
This looks good. I'm gonna try it with a bit of smoked samon and sans capers. Maybe add a little parsley for color.
19th Oct, 2011
This is a simple dish to make but not one that I would make again cos although my husband said he enjoyed it you can always tell when they don't really mean it. I personally enjoyed it even though I found a couple of bones in my fish which usually puts me off.


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