Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

Cheesy leek & bacon pasta

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(80 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

A creamy and comforting quick pasta recipe, ideal for when you're short on time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal556
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein23g
  • salt1.5g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 300g leek, halved and finely sliced



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

  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, sliced
  • 400g pasta shapes (we used penne)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 100g herb & garlic soft cheese (we used Boursin)


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the leeks and 2 tbsp water, and cook for about 10 mins until very soft. Add the bacon, turn up the heat and fry until cooked.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and reserve a mug of the cooking water.

  3. Spoon cheese into the leek and bacon mix, adding some of the reserved cooking water. Season and stir gently over a low heat until melted. Toss through the cooked pasta, adding a little more cooking water, if needed, to help the sauce coat the pasta.

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bethbiscuits's picture
6th Apr, 2020
As others have said, i fried the bacon first until crispy ( adds a nice texture). I fried the leeks first too and added some forestierre mushrooms. Really tasty
owl 456
7th Jan, 2019
Absolutely gorgeous recipe.My family loves it and it’s so easy and quick to make,it’s a firm mid week fave in my house.I add peas and use whatever garlic and herb soft cheese I have and I often find that supermarket own brand low fat spreads are as good as others.I also agree that the bacon needs cooking first
12th Feb, 2018
Great last minute supper. I used 250g dried pasta for two, 1 leek and 6 rashers of bacon. As I didn’t have the garlic cheese I used a fat garlic clove, and 1/3 tub of mascarpone. I fried the bacon first to render the fat (omitting the olive oil), then lifted it out to carry on with the recipe, adding the crushed garlic with the leeks. Loads of black pepper, and a grating of parmesan, and wow!
20th Nov, 2017
Cook the bacon before adding it, otherwise it doesn't cook through.
17th Oct, 2017
Very tasty, used Philadelphia cheese instead and added mushrooms and Parmesan, used some of the pasta water to loosen up the mixture, will definitely make again
23rd Jul, 2017
Delicious, thanks. I love garlic so added 3 minced cloves while the leek was cooking. I used 150g Boursin, and a bit of the pasta water to loosen the sauce up before I stirred in the pasta. I used Rigatoni as the pieces of pasta are larger and give a really satisfying mouthful! Served with crispy green salad and crusty bread.
30th Dec, 2016
Quick and easy recipe. Family liked it. One we will make again.
14th Oct, 2016
I agree about the salt - it's a little bit too much. Also this dried out quite a lot for me, so I ended up using a lot more of the cheese .... or maybe I just love cheese too much! I added in a bit more garlic too, because you can never have enough garlic.
5th Oct, 2016
I would agree with some of the comments on here that it's quite salty - although I was too lazy/in too much of a hurry to cut off the fat from the streaky bacon, so perhaps that played a part... Nice though - and very speedy!
8th Aug, 2016
Bit salty using Boursin even when supplemented with lots of yoghurt to thin out the mixture and make it go a bit further - going to choose a different soft cheese next time but super easy quick and tasty recipe!


11th May, 2016
Hi, can this recipe be frozen then thawed and microwaved a week or so later? Trying to help a friend at uni by making some large batch meals
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