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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18th Nov, 2011
Delicious! :)
3rd May, 2011
quick simple, and delicious :)
30th Apr, 2011
Yummy! Has become a favourite in our house - two teenage daughters ask for it when friends come over and big thumbs up from the adults too. We serve it with a crispy green salad. Recommended!
15th Apr, 2011
made this tonight and it was a great success. simple to make and very tasty.
2nd Mar, 2011
Great easy recipe! Used red pesto and added steamed green beans and sugarsnap peas and didn't have any basil. Thumbs up from my 6 year old! Also didn't use too much creme fraiche
28th Feb, 2011
very quick and easy to make. really enjoyed. Yum Yum
23rd Feb, 2011
Really tasty, especially with extra vegetables such as peppers and courgette.
7th Feb, 2011
This is fantastic, just did this on a work night. Amazingly tasty - this will definitely be my go to recipe.
4th Feb, 2011
Used red pesto, as not too keen on green pesto. Very tasty and easy, enjoyed by myself, my husband, and my 21 month old!
27th Jan, 2011
lLoved it,loved it!!! Hubby says it tastes better than restaurant pasta and trust me he's a bit of a pasta snob.I used tomato pesto and left out the double cream(didn't have any in the fridge) but it still tasted amazing and its so quick that I made it while my 6-month old took a catnap.Have repeated this for friends since then and got full marks everytime.


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