Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

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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 Dec, 2016
Quick and easy recipe. Family liked it. One we will make again.
14th Oct, 2016
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.
5th Oct, 2016
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!
8th Aug, 2016
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!
30th Mar, 2016
Yummy yummy in my tummy. Will definitely be making this again. So quick and easy. Big hit with the family.
8th Dec, 2015
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.
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!)


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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