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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1st Oct, 2013
Quick, easy and tasty. Didn't add creme fraiche but didn't feel it needed it anyway. Loved by the whole family, will definitely make again
18th Sep, 2013
I forgot to add, some grated Parmesan or similar alternative really tops it off :)
18th Sep, 2013
This is a brilliant recipe, cheap and quick. Ideal for a mid week meal. The quantities are about perfect, although I do tend to use a whole typical jar size of pesto. Cherry tomatoes work well as an addition, but it works well with the few simple ingredients listed. Enjoy!
30th Aug, 2013
really simple and tasty. I think it tastes better the next day, great for lunches at work. will definitely make again :-)
25th Aug, 2013
This one came out rather well! I just wish it hadn't tasted as similar to a bacon and mushroom risotto I made some time ago, but hey - it's got the same two main ingredients, so I guess it makes sense! The pesto really adds a little something to it :) Here's what mine came out like when using wholemeal pasta:
7th May, 2013
My favourite pasta dish! My boyfriend always asks me to make it, so I'm guessing it's his favourite too. It's quick and easy, doesn't leave a tonne of washing up to do afterwards, yet so delicious and satisfying, both hot and cold. Thank you!
3rd Apr, 2013
Simple to make and tastes brilliant. Made a pile of it and kept it for lunches really nice stuff.
18th Mar, 2013
Very tasty, used single cream instead of creme fraiche as it was all I had in, will definitely make again, quick easy and yummy!
18th Mar, 2013
This recipe looks lovely but the diary free option is no good as there is cheese in pesto! Another suggestion would be great!
18th Mar, 2013
I made this quick and easy pasta dish for a family get together, serving it with a salad. It was a huge hit especially with my 13 year old grandson. He can be a picky eater, but had two helpings - a rare event. Even more amazing, he is learning about different types of pasta at school and had to take in a favourite recipe, and say why teenagers would like it. His comment was that it's the best pasta he'd ever had, and he's a teenager!


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