Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

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(46 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


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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  • 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



    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 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)


  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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30th Nov, 2015
Delicious comfort food and perfect for lunches the next day too! Yum :)
13th Jun, 2015
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!
13th Jan, 2014
Fab recipe! I wanted a slightly healthier version so I boiled the leeks with the pasta and grilled the bacon and used a low fat soft cheese. Still delicious (probably not as good as the fried version, it never is!)
4th Dec, 2013
Boyfriend said "it's really, really nice" and rates it 10/10. He a picky eater so new recipes are always a risk. The pets (not so fussy eaters) have been trying to steal some for themselves! Will cook this again sometime. Thanks!
11th Nov, 2013
Really tasty, and so quick to make! I'll definitely make this again.
6th Sep, 2013
Nice, quick and easy. Kids loved it too. I also used garlic and herb Philly.
28th May, 2013
Just cooked this for my very fussy 4yr old & he's loving it! I used roule instead of Boursin because it's half the price & it tastes lovely. Nice quick recipe for times when you don't want to spend ages in the kitchen. Definitely will be making this again :-)
8th May, 2013
i grilled the bacon first and made my own cheese sauce instead of using bousin , it was an absolute hit , all clean plates this is definately now a firm family favourite
7th Feb, 2013
The whole family liked it. Interesting combination of ingredients! Thanks for the congrats I got!


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