Smoked bacon and leek pasta

Smoked bacon and leek pasta recipe

17 ratings

A delicious creamy and comforting pasta bake that makes the perfect midweek meal. This speedy pasta dish is ideal for when you're short on time and is packed with crispy bacon, which is sure to be a hit with the whole family. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 432 calories / serving

Ingredients

  • 200g (7oz) fusilli pasta
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 6 rashers bacon, diced
  • 1 medium leek, diced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 4 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 75g (3oz) Cheddar cheese, grated

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    1810kj
    432kcal
    22%
  • Fat

    23g 33%
  • Saturates

    13g 63%
  • Sugars

    5g 5%
  • Salt

    1.9g 32%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 41.6g Protein 17.7g Fibre 3.9g

Method

  1. Preheat the grill to high. Bring a large pan of salted water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook following the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter in an ovenproof frying pan and cook the bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add the leek and the chilli flakes and continue cooking, until the leek has softened.
  4. Drain the pasta well, reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking water. Add the reserved water to the bacon and leek mixture, and then stir in the crème fraîche. Add the pasta and toss in the sauce, until well coated.
  5. Scatter the Cheddar over the pasta, and then place the pan under the grill until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve.

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