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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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7th Sep, 2012
Yes, this is creamy, but it's really bland. I used lemon sole (had some left over that needed using) and added peas for some colour, plus natural yoghurt and white wine for the sauce. As per the other feedback, I added lots of seasoning but it was still very tasteless. Needs something punchier to bring in some flavour.
30th Dec, 2014
Reply to kittyjumble and babsfazekas - you cooked it with completely different ingredients to the recipe. If it's bland, maybe that's why?
15th Aug, 2012
Good quick mid-week meal
18th Jul, 2012
Used creme fraiche in place of the cheese, spinach instead of the basil and skipped the ham. Nice and light, but does need a ton of seasoning to stop it from being bland. Will try it with the original ingredients next time as I imagine the smoked ham and basil would really help there.
30th Jun, 2012
I didn't have fresh basil so used a small sprinkle of dried basil. Also added white wine, used a mixture of creme fraiche and the supermarket's own garlic and herb roule, and used bacon the 2nd time I made it although it was delicious with ham too. Tasted delicious but my version probably wasn't quite as low-fat!
21st Jun, 2012
I gave up eating creamy pasta's a long time ago because of the high fat content, so I couldn't wait to try this and it didn't disappoint. I thought it was delicious and so did the kids.
9th Jun, 2012
Very easy and really yummy!
28th May, 2012
Oh MY WORD! this is gorgeous and fits perfectly into my "healthy eating" Can't believe something so yummy is also so good for you
28th May, 2012
An ok dish, Will make something similar in the future, but not very exciting. A recipe for when you need to use up those ingrediants in the fridge.
9th May, 2012
Healthy, easy and tasty. A regular now.


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