Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(64 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto
    Prosciutto

    Prosciutto

    proh-shoo-toe

    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
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  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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raine3
1st Aug, 2012
5.05
We loved it with the whole lemon, but looking forward to trying it with the suggested mushroom or peas too!
littlevicx
24th Jul, 2012
4.05
I am starting to learn how to cook different, easy foods and this one was a great recipe to do. My family and I loved it. I definitely recommend this recipe.
igrieveuk
5th Jul, 2012
5.05
As with other comments cut back on the lemon juice and its fine.
rdboon
28th Jun, 2012
4.05
I replaced the linguine with tagliatelle, which gave me thicker strips of pasta, I used less lemon and actually did pasta for two but the sauce as above (for 6) so it was REALLY creamy, which was fantastic, I also used smoked bacon instead with all the fat trimmed off. Was a fantastically easy and tasty dish that I was definitely do again!!
emma_danielle
7th Jun, 2012
4.05
Lovely dish, nice and light!
ayshe77
23rd Apr, 2012
4.05
The whole family loved this dish. Really quick and easy to make! I added king prawns and peas.
gabicraven
10th Apr, 2012
5.05
Nice and easy. Great to put together in less than 15 mins!
gemmajane
15th Mar, 2012
4.05
Perhaps a little bland if your used to richer creamier sauces but, I thought this was a lovely, fresh, light alternative to your average pasta dishes. Perfect if you're in a hurry and watching the calories ;-)
gill_david
31st Dec, 2011
3.05
It was OK but nothing special. Advantages: it was quick to prepare and good if you are watching those calories! Disadvantages: a bit bland. My daughter found it a sweet. Also tbh the recipe says 'for 6' but I cooked it for 4 using same quantities as in recipe and it was just enough and we're not piggy eaters.
martinaf
16th Nov, 2011
4.05
Very easy to make but I will reduce the lemon next time.

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