Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(65 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6
Keep the kids happy with this easy, low-fat recipe that's ready in under half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto



    Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…

  • 1 tbsp 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…

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • large handful basil leaves
  • large handful grated parmesan, plus extra to serve, if you like



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


  1. Cook the linguine. Meanwhile, tear the ham into small pieces and fry in the olive oil until golden and crisp.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, then return to the pan. Tip in the cooked ham. Mix together the lemon juice, egg yolks and crème fraîche, then add this to the pan along with the basil and Parmesan. Mix in with tongs, adding a little of the cooking water, if needed, to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. Serve with extra Parmesan grated over the top, if you like.

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16th Jan, 2013
This recipe was lovely very simple and full of tangy flavour. I aslo added a couple of shallots to it which was tasty too
7th Jan, 2013
Excellent fast and tasty dish.We love this recipe.
13th Nov, 2012
Really nice I used quorn ham as I am a veggie and it worked well
12th Nov, 2012
Absolutely delicious. My 7-year-old daughter loved it! I would definitely recommend it.
4th Oct, 2012
lush :)
25th Aug, 2012
Quick and easy to make, tastes delicious - and it's super healthy - what more could you want? It's a firm favourite in our house. The basil is key though - don't leave it out!
19th Aug, 2012
Ok lol now I see what I did ... I had to mix everything together not put them in one at a time lol!!
19th Aug, 2012
Correction to my comment - I did put in the ingredients before the cream so maybe ...
19th Aug, 2012
This tasted gr8 although in contrast to the above comments I couldn't really taste the lemon in it. What I did feel though is that it came a little too sticky , the pasta tended to stick together too much .... Any suggestions pls on what might have gone wrong? I didn't put in the rest of the ingredients before the cream so maybe that's where I messsed up
23rd Jul, 2013
Hi there maybe it had nothing to do with you and more to do with the lemon, I know the post is old but its for others as well. I roll my lemon on the work top until it softens then voila juicy lemon perfect for lemony pasta :)


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