Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

Creamy courgette & bacon pasta

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(126 ratings)

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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13th Sep, 2015
SO DELICIOUS! 4 courgettes definitely too much, I only used 3 and it was plenty. Was so surprised with how much flavour was in this dish
9th Sep, 2015
I haven't tried this recipe yet but I will as I have too many courgettes from the garden BUT I far prefer a weight instead of a number as courgettes can very so much in size.
23rd Aug, 2015
Used wholewheat fusilli and it was delicious. Also forgot the garlic which didn't seem to matter. Used the grater in food processor so the whole thing took about 3 mins to prep. Easy and yummy. A favourite already! Next will try with no fat creme fraiche to see if it works.
13th Aug, 2015
Excellent, the whole family really liked it even though my children don't think they like courgettes
23rd Jul, 2015
Made this last night and it was delicious and so incredibly easy! Will definitely be making again and again! I mixed cheddar with the creme fraiche instead of using parmesan.
6th Jul, 2015
I make this all the time and it's delicious! I use half the amount of courgettes though.
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15th May, 2015
did my own version of this with bacon, spag and chedder cheese. was still good
31st Mar, 2015
Love this dish - so easy and so tasty. I like to add a bunch of chopped spring onions and pinch of chilli flakes.
18th Dec, 2014
I used Smoked Garlic for a bigger flavour and Pecorino instead of Parmesan. Overall I am really happy with how it turned out and will definitely make this my go to pasta dish!
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Encho Pramatarov
7th Nov, 2014
Very simple recipe, easy to make and absolutely delicious. However I thought 4 courgettes were a bit too much? Not like it was a problem, but the picture looks like there has been only 1 courgette put into the dish. Any suggestions?


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