Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A quick and creamy carbonara-style tagliatelle that showcases delicious courgettes contrasted with cream and pancetta

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal483
  • fat18.4g
  • saturates9.1g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars6.4g
  • fibre3.8g
  • protein21.5g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 1 tsp 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…

  • 150g diced pancetta or smoked bacon lardons



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 4 courgettes, coarsely grated



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • handful freshly grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 small tub (200g) low-fat crème fraîche
  • 300g tagliatelle


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the pancetta or bacon for about 5 mins until starting to crisp. Turn up the heat and add the grated courgette to the pan. Cook for 5 mins or until soft and starting to brown then add the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Season and set aside.

  2. Cook the tagliatelle according to the pack instructions and scoop out a cupful of cooking water. Drain the tagliatelle and tip into the frying pan with the bacon and courgette. Over a low heat toss everything together with the crème fraiche and half the Parmesan adding a splash of pasta water too if you need to loosen the sauce. Season to taste and serve twirled into bowls with the remaining Parmesan scattered over.

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14th Oct, 2018
As I grated the 4th courgette and saw the sheer volume that would be added to the recipe I knew it was off! I would do 2 courgettes next time and more bacon.. mine needed more flavour and did end up mushy and like paste! All in all, not great!
20th Sep, 2018
Fan-bloomin'-tastic! I did it with the brie and it was delicious. I'd be happy to serve this to impress, even though it was dead easy.
4th Sep, 2018
Delicious! I love courgettes at this time of year and also recommend the creamy courgette lasagne on this site.
9th Aug, 2018
We all thought this was delicious, even my courgette-hating son. I realised at the last minute I had no creme fraiche, so I used plain yogurt instead and that worked very well. I also followed the tip about adding a pinch of chilli flakes. Yum!
17th Jul, 2018
Delicious and quick mid week meal, four empty plates.
15th Jul, 2018
Added few chilli flakes, mushrooms & onions - delicious!
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Emma Caitlin
13th Jul, 2018
Such a yummy, delicious pasta! Perfect for a quick midnight dinner or as a main meal over a long weekend. As everyone has said, it seriously has so much flavour yet is simple and elegant. I added some chilli flakes which added a good hum. Can't wait to make this meal again!
27th Jun, 2018
This was a hit, added a bit of chilli as per previous comments, delicious.
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Katrina Daoud
2nd Jun, 2018
Honestly wouldn't change a thing. this recipe is amazing - tastes like we went to a restaurant. we added mushrooms bc they were on offer.
28th Apr, 2018
I enjoyed this when I followed the recipe the last time I made it. But I made it again and this time I didn't have parmesan or creme fraiche, so I just put in a handful of brie and melted that with the courgette mix briefly before adding the pasta. And oh, my, goodness.... it was heavenly! I didn't have to use salt at all as the brie provided the massive burst of flavour. Very decadent, add brie instead!


27th Jul, 2018
How big are the courgettes
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2nd Aug, 2018
Thanks for your question - 4 medium-sized courgettes will work.
Regina Hurst
11th Aug, 2016
Hi ,can this recipe be frozen? thanks
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16th Aug, 2016
HI there, we would not recommend freezing this recipe. All our recipes are marked if we know you'll get good results when freezing - you'll find the blue star symbol at the top of the recipe under the social media icons - hope that helps for future recipes.
3rd Aug, 2018
I'm a vegetarian so cooked the bacon separately and added to my partner's portion at the end. Also added lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon at the end. Delish. Oh and I used a peeler to make courgette ribbons instead of grating.
7th Jul, 2017
I'd recommend finely dicing an onion and frying it off with the bacon (you really don't need to to the expense of buying lardons, just chop up some bacon). I'd also suggest that unless your clove of garlic is humongous you may want to add more than one. Other than (imo) needing those two very minor changes to enhance it, this is a great tasty recipe! Only downside, if you don't have 3 people to eat it (4 would be stretching it, I think), is that it doesn't freeze well.
8th Jul, 2014
I made approx. 1/3rd quantity for one person and added a small bit of red onion, 1/2 shallot, 2 mushrooms, pinch of Herbes de Provence and for seasoning, a pinch of Mara dried seaweed - I used 'Shony', but any from the range would do..... delicious! I have a glut of courgettes and this was an excellent way to use a large one up. My quantity made 1 main meal and the remainder will do as a snack, with some freshly cooked tagliatelle. Well done to whoever came up with the original recipe.
12th May, 2014
This is a fabulous and utterly lovely recipe and also great for playing about with. I would have added fresh thyme but there isn't much in the garden right now, so I chopped up a handful of parsley from a windowsill pot and added with the grated courgette. When I tasted at the "put aside" stage it seemed too sweet for some reason (perhaps sugar had been added to the supermarket bacon I bought?). Whatever, I decided to add a just a few drained sundried tomatoes as sold in a jar by Lidl to balance out the sweetness. Seasoned with ground pepper only - the bacon and the parmesan do the salty stuff. Beautiful! x