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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25th Jun, 2012
Nice and quick, very simple but wasnt the most exciting dish x
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13th Jun, 2012
Just loved this recipe so easy to make and tasted wonderful. In addition to the above, to start we fried off a red chilli and garlic in a little olive oil and added some cherry tomatoes when cooking the bacon and mushrooms, finally topped it off with some grated parmesan cheese when ready to serve - really, really good!
13th Jun, 2012
I also added some plum tomatoes, lovely great for pack lunch next day.
15th May, 2012
YUM!! Use a 1/4 of a cup of the pasta water - 175g Crete Fraiche and the 4tsp of pesto - I always use Green (basil) pesto and it comes out creamy all the pasta coated but not sticky! I have a fussy 12 year old and he just ate the whole lot of what I dished up for him - I'm surprised !! Lol
9th May, 2012
Absolutely delicious. Can't wait to have this again. Just used a jar of cheap red pesto and a decent sized dollop of creme fraîche (not too much though - I don't actually like the taste of creme fraîche) and it was perfect. Quick, cheap, easy and yummy.
7th May, 2012
SO simple, so quick and delicious.
18th Apr, 2012
As my name suggests i'm not only a new cook but quite rubbish also... i sort of hashed this together last night with the right ingredients but got a bit excited at the end and may have just sploshed all the creme fraiche i had (a small organic pot was like 89p) and all of my fresh pesto. It looked alright and quite like the pictures but tasted a bit funky... it was alright but a bit sour tasting did i do to much or too little of the creme fraiche or the pesto it was all new ingredients.
18th Apr, 2012
i love this recipe i gave it to my daughter because she love pasta and she said she would like it again.
3rd Apr, 2012
Quick easy supper....will add pomodoro tomatoes next time.
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29th Mar, 2012
A very quick & tastey meal.


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