Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(75 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 400g linguine or spaghetti
  • 90g pack prosciutto
    Prosciutto

    Prosciutto

    proh-shoo-toe

    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
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

Method

  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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gill_david
31st Dec, 2011
3.05
It was OK but nothing special. Advantages: it was quick to prepare and good if you are watching those calories! Disadvantages: a bit bland. My daughter found it a sweet. Also tbh the recipe says 'for 6' but I cooked it for 4 using same quantities as in recipe and it was just enough and we're not piggy eaters.
martinaf
16th Nov, 2011
4.05
Very easy to make but I will reduce the lemon next time.
thereplicant07
7th Nov, 2011
4.05
Quick, easy and delicious. Wondering if using egg white instead of yolk will make much difference as I want to reduce fat?
micwats
23rd Aug, 2011
5.05
Perfect quick and tasty dish. Love it.
fashionandfood
2nd Aug, 2011
5.05
This recipe was a heathy and at the same time lovely dish! It was easy to make and I would recomend to a friend. I severd with garlic bread, that went nicely. Thanks for the advice about only using half the lemon! This dish gets my vote!!!!
fashionandfood
2nd Aug, 2011
5.05
This recipe was easy to make, and a lovely dish.Thanks for the advice not to use all the lemon, as it tasted great. I would recpmend this to a friend. Also severd it with garlic bread. This dish gsts my vote.!!!
nikkidowns
26th Jul, 2011
3.05
Gave it 3 stars last time but made it again tonight and it was really tasty! Not sure what I did differently I think I added bit more lemon and basil this time, also a bit of black pepper.
gemmamaria
26th Jul, 2011
4.05
The lemon juice was too much for my taste but delicious all the same.... Will add a bit less next time
marguerite_caunt
6th Jul, 2011
5.05
Lovely recipe - I made it with wholegrain linguine and used the whole egg rather than just the yolk (just be careful not to heat it too much or it'll scramble!). Added some peas for colour and sat on the balcony in the sunshine with a glass of wine!! Yummy!
messyjessie86
24th Jun, 2011
4.05
Nice light dish. I too added half the quantity of lemon, which was definitely the right decision I'd say...

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