Saturday, February 28, 2015

BACON & MUSHROOM PASTA - A simple one-pan pasta dish with bacon, mushrooms and pesto - ready in under 30 minutes


Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Ready in 25 minutes
Serves 4


    400g penne (or other tube shape) pasta
    250g pack chestnut or button mushrooms, wiped clean
    8 rashers streaky bacon
    4 tbsp pesto (fresh from the chiller cabinet if possible)
    200ml carton 50% fat crème fraîche
    handful basil leaves


1. Cook the pasta in boiling water in a large

non-stick saucepan according to pack


Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms and

snip the bacon into

bite-size pieces with scissors or

a sharp knife.

  2. Reserve a few drops of the cooking water

in a cup or bowl, then drain the pasta

and set aside.

Fry the bacon and mushrooms in the same pan

until golden, about 5 mins.

Keep the heat high so the mushrooms

fry in the bacon fat, rather than sweat.

3. Tip the pasta and reserved water back

into the pan and stir over the heat

for 1 min. Take the pan off the heat, spoon in the pesto

and crème fraîche and most of the basil

and stir to combine.

Sprinkle with the remaining basil to serve.

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