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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31st May, 2020
Fabulous recipe, added half a leftover onion to the pan ahead of the bacon and mushrooms. Also threw in halved cherry tomatoes at the end as suggested in previous comments other than that stuck to the recipe but this is one to add to the collection.
11th May, 2020
Not as tasty as I expected from the other comments. I followed the recipe exactly but felt that it needed onion and garlic and didn't need the creme fraiche at all
12th Jan, 2020
Firm favourite in our house. Quick and easy to make. Pesto fans will love!
1st May, 2019
Tasted great and so easy to make, one of the best pasta recipes I have ever made!
6th Apr, 2019
Very tasty, couldn't stop picking at it! I used 150ml of sour cream as that is all i had and also threw in some cherry tomatoes. Used smoked bacon and some dried basil. Soooo good.
22nd Jan, 2019
Lovely with some halved cherry tomatoes thrown in too!
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9th Jan, 2019
Really easy and Really yummy... I might try adding chicken next time as well as the bacon!
19th Nov, 2018
This is cheap easy and a firm favourite in our household
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!!


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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.
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