Bacon & mushroom pasta

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
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
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 567
  • fat 20g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 78g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 1.41g


  • 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


Make it different
Swap the basil pesto for red or sun-dried tomato pesto.Make it dairy-free
Omit the crème fraîche, replacing it with a few more spoonfuls of pesto instead.


  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water in a large non-stick saucepan according to pack instructions. 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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