Pesto pasta with mushrooms and bacon
Pesto pasta is one of those things that I crave, especially with crispy bacon and mushrooms, delicious!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1 onion finely diced
- 200 g button mushrooms sliced
- 4 rashers streaky bacon diced
- 300 ml cream
- 300-400 g fresh or dried pasta I used penne
- 3-4 tablespoons pesto
- fresh basil to serve
Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic, onion, mushrooms and bacon for 4-5 minutes on medium heat until bacon is cooked and mushrooms are tender.
Add cream and simmer for 3-4 minutes until reduced. Season to taste.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente, then drain and stir the pesto through the pasta.
Gently stir the mushroom and bacon cream through the pesto pasta.
Garnish with cracked pepper and fresh basil leaves and serve.
This pasta is brilliant for kids. Older kids could even have a go making it themselves. It also freezes very well, making it perfect to have ready to go for a rainy day. I also think it would be a great meal to make someone who needed a bit of comfort food in their lives – creamy pesto pasta always make me feel better.
Make your own pesto for this recipe, or use a good quality bought one.
This recipe is from the June/July issue of NADIA magazine.