Home-from-work spaghetti

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
A tasty all-round family supper

  • Prep:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 512
  • fat 16g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 77g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 19g
  • salt 0.81g


  • 400g dried spaghetti or other pasta
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon
  • 2 courgettes
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • freshly grated parmesan, to serve


Give it a twist
Use 100g/4oz frozen peas instead of the courgettes if you prefer.


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil (use boiling water from the kettle to speed things up). Add the spaghetti and return to the boil, then cook at a rolling boil for the time given on the pack, stirring once or twice. This usually takes 10-12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile cut up the bacon and courgettes into small chunks. Halve the tomatoes.

  3. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan, add the bacon and fry for 5 minutes, until it starts to crisp. Tip in the courgettes and tomatoes and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the courgettes begin to brown round the edges and the tomatoes start to soften.

  4. When the pasta is cooked, spoon a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water into the vegetables, then drain the pasta and tip it into the vegetables too. Spoon in the pesto and toss well until everything is evenly coated. Serve straight from the pan, with freshly grated parmesan.

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