Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A creamy and comforting quick pasta recipe, ideal for when you're short on time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal556
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.5g
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Ingredients

  • 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…

  • 300g leek, halved and finely sliced
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

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

  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, sliced
  • 400g pasta shapes (we used penne)
    Pasta

    Pasta

    pah-stah

    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 100g herb & garlic soft cheese (we used Boursin)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the leeks and 2 tbsp water, and cook for about 10 mins until very soft. Add the bacon, turn up the heat and fry until cooked.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and reserve a mug of the cooking water.

  3. Spoon cheese into the leek and bacon mix, adding some of the reserved cooking water. Season and stir gently over a low heat until melted. Toss through the cooked pasta, adding a little more cooking water, if needed, to help the sauce coat the pasta.

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JamesBFood
23rd Jul, 2017
5.05
Delicious, thanks. I love garlic so added 3 minced cloves while the leek was cooking. I used 150g Boursin, and a bit of the pasta water to loosen the sauce up before I stirred in the pasta. I used Rigatoni as the pieces of pasta are larger and give a really satisfying mouthful! Served with crispy green salad and crusty bread.
clarendel
30th Dec, 2016
5.05
Quick and easy recipe. Family liked it. One we will make again.
natamoo12
14th Oct, 2016
2.55
I agree about the salt - it's a little bit too much. Also this dried out quite a lot for me, so I ended up using a lot more of the cheese .... or maybe I just love cheese too much! I added in a bit more garlic too, because you can never have enough garlic.
codeswitcher18
5th Oct, 2016
2.55
I would agree with some of the comments on here that it's quite salty - although I was too lazy/in too much of a hurry to cut off the fat from the streaky bacon, so perhaps that played a part... Nice though - and very speedy!
hedgepiggle
8th Aug, 2016
2.55
Bit salty using Boursin even when supplemented with lots of yoghurt to thin out the mixture and make it go a bit further - going to choose a different soft cheese next time but super easy quick and tasty recipe!
chrissiejean
30th Mar, 2016
5.05
Yummy yummy in my tummy. Will definitely be making this again. So quick and easy. Big hit with the family.
aross02
8th Dec, 2015
5.05
Simple and seasonal - just what I was looking for! Had a little parsley, basil and spinach left over so threw them in the mix too and it worked pretty well. The leftovers, along with 150g of boursin cheese - instead of the stated 100g - gave it a thicker texture (which I prefer) and using black pepper Boursin - instead of the garlic & herb - gave it a nice edge too. Will defo try with a clove of garlic next time.
RaspberryLemon
30th Nov, 2015
5.05
Delicious comfort food and perfect for lunches the next day too! Yum :)
wolness
13th Jun, 2015
5.05
Really simple and tasty comfort food!
Jo M
17th Feb, 2014
Lovely recipe, really quick to make and so tasty! I also used mushrooms and they worked really good with everything. Will definitely be making this again!

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Tlgdrummer
11th May, 2016
Hi, can this recipe be frozen then thawed and microwaved a week or so later? Trying to help a friend at uni by making some large batch meals
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