Kale & smoky bacon pasta

Kale & smoky bacon pasta

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Throw together bacon lardons, leafy greens and crunchy pine nuts for this easy, quick pasta recipe - use wholewheat pasta for extra fibre

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal574
  • fat29g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre8g
  • protein22g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 300g pasta (we used wholewheat fusilli)



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

  • 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…

  • 180g pack smoked bacon lardons
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 200g chopped curly kale



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • ½ lemon, juiced



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


  1. Boil a large pan of water and cook the pasta following pack instructions.

  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook the lardons for a few mins until golden and a little crisp. Stir in the garlic, red chilli and pine nuts, then cook for 1 min more until the garlic and chilli are softened and the pine nuts just toasted.

  3. Turn up the heat and add the kale to the pan with a splash of water, cover and cook for 3-4 mins until wilted. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the pan with the cream cheese and lemon juice. Toss together, taste, and season with black pepper.

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7th Apr, 2020
Second time i've made this. The second time i remembered adding some water to the mixture because it will dry up without it and you risk burning. I use streaky bacon as you get more for your money and it's pretty much the same thing as lardons but not as thick. It's very tasty and very simple.
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10th Nov, 2017
Quick, easy and tasty. I added some creme fraiche as well for more creaminess. Bacon lardons can be a bit fatty. I’m going to use smoked lean back bacon next time.
20th Jan, 2016
Apart from adding a packet of baby mushrooms I followed recipe to the letter and it went down an absolute treat. Five stars on every level, quick,easy, inexpensive, no difficult to obtain ingredients and everybody loved it.
4th Feb, 2015
easy, cheap, tasty midweek meal. Also reheats quite well the next day. Will cook this again definitely.
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17th Jan, 2018
Chop the kale into fairly small pieces in your processor, if you have one, and keep half a mug of pasta water back to loosen the sauce when you mix in the cream cheese.
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