Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

Creamy ham, leek & mushroom spaghetti

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

Creamy pasta needn't be off the menu when you're watching your weight - this one's low-fat

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal384
  • fat11g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre8g
  • protein21g
  • salt1.38g
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  • 2 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…

  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced



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

  • 200g chestnut mushroom, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 140g low-fat soft cheese (we used Philadelphia Light)
  • 85g wafer-thin smoked ham, shredded
  • small pack basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 25g grated parmesan



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


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Stir in the leeks, 2 tbsp water and some seasoning, cover, then cook for 5 mins over a medium heat until softened. Add the mushrooms and garlic, then cook for 3 mins more. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, then drain, reserving a little of the cooking liquid.

  2. Stir the soft cheese into the leek and mushroom mixture, adding enough of the reserved pasta liquid to give a sauce-like consistency. Add the ham, basil leaves and Parmesan, then toss in the spaghetti.

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3rd Apr, 2014
I varied this with feta and forgot the mushrooms. Squeeze of lemon. Absolutely delicious. Also nice with brown rice
26th Mar, 2014
This was delicious! Will certainly make again!'s picture
9th Dec, 2013
Im new to cooking from 'scratch' this is a winner!! So easy and my fussy son actually liked it clean plates all round, will be a family favourite
27th Nov, 2013
Excellent. The secret to having this turn out tasty instead of bland is definitely *not* adding bacon (the idea here is to keep it low calorie!), but to generously season when the recipe says "add some seasoning". The basil does not fit the other ingredients at all, so nothing's lost by leaving that out -- do add generous amounts of pepper, make sure there's enough salt (taste as you go and even overseason slightly before adding the cheese), and a good dose of freshly grated nutmeg. If you like garlic, definitely add more than two cloves -- there's a lot of cream cheese for the spices to get through. You can also add some vegetable broth (powdered or liquid) in addition to the spices or instead of the pasta water.
1st Aug, 2013
This was a lovely midweek meal. I used low fat cream cheese with garlic and herbs which was scrummy. Lots of black pepper helps.
29th Jun, 2013
I didn't have huge hopes for this recipe, initially I was worried it would be a little bland. But in need of some healthy pasta recipes I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised. Its a nice creamy midweek meal that's cheap and very quick to make. I used lots of cracked black pepper to give it flavour.
6th Jun, 2013
A bit flavourless. I would use bacon instead of ham and low fat creme fraiche instead of the creamed cheese and parmesan with lots and lots of black pepper were I to make it again.
9th Apr, 2013
Loved this one. I used a tin of ham chopped up instead of wafer thin smoked ham and I didn't have any fresh basil so used some I had chopped and frozen - was absolutely delicious and really filling. Will definitely be making this one regularly.
11th Mar, 2013
Try not to burn your leeks like I did!! However, lovely dish, which I changed a little as I added salmon instead of ham and added some milk and cheddar cheese, which gave a creamier taste. You could even change some of veg to broccoli or add some peas.
7th Mar, 2013
Very tasty, easy mid week meal. would be very easy to substitute the ham for a similar kind of meat. I may try again using pancetta. Would recommend.


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