Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(78 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 6
Keep the kids happy with this easy, low-fat recipe that's ready in under half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.82g
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  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto



    Prosciutto is a sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • large handful basil leaves
  • large handful grated parmesan, plus extra to serve, if you like



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the linguine. Meanwhile, tear the ham into small pieces and fry in the olive oil until golden and crisp.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, then return to the pan. Tip in the cooked ham. Mix together the lemon juice, egg yolks and crème fraîche, then add this to the pan along with the basil and Parmesan. Mix in with tongs, adding a little of the cooking water, if needed, to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta. Serve with extra Parmesan grated over the top, if you like.

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Rebecca Farkas's picture
Rebecca Farkas
1st Dec, 2019
We enjoyed this. I might put a bit less lemon juice in next time. It’s a light and tangy dish, different to the norm and the prosciutto is worth it: crunchy and salty. Yum.
24th Jan, 2018
Just made this tonight. Used bacon instead of prosciutto, and added thinly sliced onion,carrot and red pepper. Was ok, though it won’t become a monthly regular.
5th Oct, 2016
My pasta was a but sticky but I really liked this. I used streaky bacon instead of ham, served with some home made garlic bread.
luptonian's picture
31st May, 2015
This was not for me, I like lemon in sweet dishes only it seems, this was just bitter. But my other half didn't mind it. It won't be made again though here I am afraid!
smithyskingdom's picture
13th May, 2015
Just made this and omg it was fit, i changed the ham to Smoked Bavarian Ham which made it so delicious and was very tasty and filling so thanks for the recipe
27th Aug, 2014
Quick, easy and tasty. Perfect for busy days. I dropped the eggs and added a bit more sour cream and cooking water. Seasoned simply with pepper and nutmeg, really enjoyed this.
1st Apr, 2014
I've cooked this yesterday. I've added mor crème fraîche and I've doubled the quantity of prosciuto. Both me and my fiance liked it. I'll do this again because it's the perfect choise when you want a quick and easy meal that tastes good.
25th Feb, 2014
It's nice and easy, added shallots
23rd Sep, 2013
Really quick and easy, lovely recipe but next time I'd use half a lemon! :)
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9th Sep, 2013
My family hated this recipe, as did I...


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4th Dec, 2018
Crush/finely chop 2 large cloves of garlic and fry off with the prosciutto (or bacon, which is a good alternative) for extra flavour. As an optional extra, adding 2-3 handfuls of frozen peas adds in a vegetable that compliments the flavours. (Petit pois have a slight sweetness that is great for offsetting the lemon juice if you think it will be too sour for you.)
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