Goat's cheese & garlic linguine with crisp pancetta

Goat's cheese & garlic linguine with crisp pancetta

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Keep entertaining simple with this fuss-free but flavour-packed recipe

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal740
  • fat34g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs83g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein31g
  • salt2.23g
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  • 1 garlic bulb, broken into cloves, unpeeled



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 3 onions, finely sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 12 slices pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 400g linguine
  • 200g firm goat's cheese
  • handful chopped parsley, to serve



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Loosely wrap the garlic cloves in some foil with 1 tsp oil. Place in a roasting tin and cook for about 20 mins until soft. Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp oil and fry the onions until caramelised, about 15 mins, adding the thyme for the final 5 mins.

  2. In a separate pan, dry-fry the pancetta until golden and crisp, then set aside. Cook the pasta. Pop the roasted garlic out of their skins, add to the onions, then stir in the remaining oil. Drain the pasta, then toss through the onions, adding a good splash of cooking water. Crumble over the cheese and lightly stir. Season, then pile onto plates. Scatter with parsley, drizzle with some more oil and top with pancetta slices.

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14th Nov, 2012
Had to use soft goats cheese which made it way to cloying but will try with firm next time. Seems tasty but not sure the effort is worth the end result.
11th Aug, 2011
This was really tasty! I could only find cubed pancetta, which I mixed in with the linguine at the end rather than placing it on top... and it worked just as well. Great flavours, yum!
27th Sep, 2009
very flavoursome as stated
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