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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17th Jan, 2012
A really nice & easy supper or tea in a hurry. We made it as per instructions and it tasted really good.
11th Jan, 2012
Excellent result and easy to do. Even the fussiest eaters in the family enjoyed it.
2nd Jan, 2012
Absolutely lovely. Have made similar before but this turned out better. Added a chopped shallot and garlic, and some parsley at the end. Used excess liquid from frying bacon and mushrooms as well as the pasta water which made it quite light and tasty. Will do again.
17th Dec, 2011
Forgot to rate..!
17th Dec, 2011
This is a good week night tea when you don't really have much in the fridge -I couldn't get "fresh" pesto from the little supermarket I nipped into, so used the stuff in a jar, and it still tasted good so I bet its even better with the fresh stuff. Will def make again.
15th Dec, 2011
Tasty and really easy to prepare.
12th Dec, 2011
Enjoyed this even though just used pesto from a jar (don't think I've seen it in the chillers in Spain) - also didn't add the creme fraiche as hubby doesn't really like it. Made a big batch and froze some of it for work lunches. Will def make again and might try with sun-dried tomato pesto next time if I can find some.
24th Nov, 2011
I agree with the comments - it is a really easy and tasty dish to make. I will make this again but will fry some onions and garlic with the bacon and mushrooms. I also think it would be nice to replace the basil leaves with spinach since the pesto is quite strong on its own.
18th Nov, 2011
Delicious! :)
3rd May, 2011
quick simple, and delicious :)


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