Bacon & mushroom pasta

Bacon & mushroom pasta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 25 minutes


Serves 4
A simple one-pan pasta dish with bacon, mushrooms and pesto - ready in under 30 minutes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal567
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs78g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.41g
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  • 400g penne (or other tube shape) pasta
  • 250g pack chestnut or button mushrooms, wiped clean
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 4 tbsp pesto (fresh from the chiller cabinet if possible)



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • 200ml carton 50% fat crème fraîche
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water in a large non-stick saucepan according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms and snip the bacon into bite-size pieces with scissors or a sharp knife.

  2. Reserve a few drops of the cooking water in a cup or bowl, then drain the pasta and set aside. Fry the bacon and mushrooms in the same pan until golden, about 5 mins. Keep the heat high so the mushrooms fry in the bacon fat, rather than sweat.

  3. Tip the pasta and reserved water back into the pan and stir over the heat for 1 min. Take the pan off the heat, spoon in the pesto and crème fraîche and most of the basil and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the remaining basil to serve.

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16th Aug, 2018
Made this last night and it tasted pro. I didn't use streaky bacon as nowhere had it so I used smoked bacon. I'm going to try using tarragon next time I make it instead of the basil, I think it's go well.
20th Mar, 2018
An easy recipe and one that can be adjusted depending on what needs using up! I always use a chopped onion and a couple of garlic cloves at the start and add a splash of white wine if there's an opened bottle about the kitchen. Sometimes use up any cooked chicken and a few sliced peppers and always add halved olives and halved cherry tomatoes in the last minute. Adding a handful of baby spinach at the end is also very tasty. Always a splash of lemon juice but only usually a tbsp of creme fraiche. Still tastes nice and creamy but less calories. Don't think I've ever made it the same twice!!
10th Jan, 2018
Delicious. Have had pasta dishes in a restaurant that cannot compare to this.
10th Jan, 2018
We really liked this although I didn’t use any pesto as I hate the Parmesan taste. Just used extra mushrooms and halved cherry tomatoes. I cooked the bacon and mushrooms separately so that the bacon didn’t go soggy. Topped with a good sprinkle of cheese.
10th Jun, 2017
Quick, easy and delicious. Reheated really well too. I'm sure I will cook this again.
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6th Jun, 2017
Quick, easy and delicious. I am going to try it with red pesto next time I make it. Served it with crusty bread.
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22nd Jan, 2017
Nice, simple supper dish. I didn't have creme fraiche, so used a couple of tablespoons of sour cream instead. I also added some tiny ripe tomatoes from the garden in with the pesto. Definitely will make again, my husband loved it.
20th Aug, 2016
Loved this.... It will become a midweek staple
14th Aug, 2016
Really, really, tasty, so simple to do and easily halved for two people. I will definitely be making this again.
9th Nov, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous. Easy to do. The mushrooms were lovely in it. I used smoked back bacon which not only tasted lovely but smelt fantastic. Can't wait to do it again. My husband said 'Yummy'.


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20th Oct, 2014
Easy to make and tasty, I'd suggest a little less pesto as can be quite over powering. I'll definately be making this again soon.