Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

Creamy linguine with ham, lemon & basil

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(75 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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31st Dec, 2011
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.
16th Nov, 2011
Very easy to make but I will reduce the lemon next time.
7th Nov, 2011
Quick, easy and delicious. Wondering if using egg white instead of yolk will make much difference as I want to reduce fat?
23rd Aug, 2011
Perfect quick and tasty dish. Love it.
2nd Aug, 2011
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!!!!
2nd Aug, 2011
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.!!!
26th Jul, 2011
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.
26th Jul, 2011
The lemon juice was too much for my taste but delicious all the same.... Will add a bit less next time
6th Jul, 2011
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!
24th Jun, 2011
Nice light dish. I too added half the quantity of lemon, which was definitely the right decision I'd say...


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