Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

Bacon, pea & basil macaroni

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

The perfect summer comfort food - classic macaroni cheese with extra veggies and herbs

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal703
  • fat32g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs81g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein28g
  • salt1.87g
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  • 6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely sliced into rings



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 140g frozen pea
  • 400g macaroni
  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • small bunch basil, shredded



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Fry the bacon and leeks in the oil for 10 mins until the bacon is golden and the leeks soft. Tip in the peas and heat through. Meanwhile, boil the pasta and heat the grill to high.

  2. Reserve 150ml of the cooking water before you drain the pasta, then add it, the soft cheese, half the grated cheese and the mustard to the pan with the veg. Stir until the cheese melts into a creamy sauce. Stir in most of the basil and the pasta, then scatter with the rest of the cheese. Grill for 2-3 mins until the cheese melts. Scatter with basil to serve.

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Quality Street 35
21st Jan, 2018
This has become a family favourite. It's tasty, easy to make and filling.
AndyTastes's picture
4th Sep, 2017
nice dish, great tip from @allielovetocook by adding tomatoes, they cut through the richness of the cheese perfectly.
5th Jan, 2016
So quick and so simple! Great with chicken, mushrooms and a bit of garlic too. Will definitely be making this again!
1st Aug, 2015
We really enjoyed this but only needed to serve 3 of us so adjusted the recipe accordingly - just added 2 cloves of garlic with the leeks and bacon, and used low fat soft cheese. I sliced up some vine tomatoes to put over the top and popped the lot into the oven for 10 mins. Delicious. Even our daughter (who doesn't like soft cheese or mustard!) liked it! I thought it needed more sauce but hubby and daughter liked it just the way it was. Will definitely make this again.
Second helpings
5th Apr, 2014
I used 4 eggs stirred in at the end instead of the cream cheese, and will add garlic next time. Really delicious!
3rd Jan, 2014
A very tasty dish! Added extra bacon and used a few different cheeses. Recommended!
10th Oct, 2013
I took note of what other people had said and the first time I made it added 2 cloves crushed garlic and used half fat soft cheese. I used the other quantities (approximately) added a pinch of chilli powder ( I would rather have used paprika but only had smoked in the cupboard) and a pinch of dried mixed herbs. Tasted great. Lovely and light, very tasty
11th Jul, 2013
This was absolutely delicious - the whole family loved it - will definitely make this one again
13th Nov, 2012
I skipped the Basil and used Pancetta. A decent mid week meal and perhaps would consider adding a little garlic next time around - Tony's suggestion above (tomatoes) seems like the way forward to me if using a larger type dish to make more surface area.
26th Sep, 2012
made it exactly according to the recipe and the whole family loved it!


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