Bacon and Mushroom Pasta

Firstly, I have to credit the real Naked Chef a.k.a. Jamie Oliver for this recipe. Hopefully he won't mind me posting this here, but it is such a great and easy recipe that I am willing to take the risk and I am doing it from memory so it will probably not be exactly the same.

Secondly, there is a probably a million variants to this classic but my family just loves this one.

So here goes:

Bacon and Mushroom Pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 250ml Fresh Cream (You can diet on Monday again)
  • 400g Button mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 250g Streaky Bacon
  • 500g Tagliatelle Pasta
  • About 2 Stalks Fresh Rosemary
  • ½ a Lemon
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Add some water to a biggish pot and start cooking the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  2. Put a medium to big pan on a medium to high heat and add a little bit of olive oil to the pan.
  3. Slice your bacon onto small 1cm pieces and add to the pan. 
  4. Remove the rosemary leaves from the stalks and chop finely. Also, rinse the mushrooms.
  5. When the bacon is golden brown and smelling great, add the rosemary and mushrooms and cook together until the mushrooms are nice and soft.
  6. This flavours coming from the pan at this stage is just heavenly.
  7. Now add the cream to the pan and turn down the heat somewhat. Don't forget to check the pasta.
  8. Reduce the cream until it becomes thick and turns a little brown. Grate the zest of the lemon into the pan, season with salt and pepper and turn off the heat.
  9. Here is a neat little trick - Before draining your pasta, take a cup and scoop some of the pasta stock out of the pot. This stock can then be used to thin out your bacon, mushroom and cream sauce if it is a bit thick.
  10. Drain the pasta, add it back into the pot and stir in your bacon, mushroom and cream sauce.
  11. All done, grab a bowl, dish up some pasta, sprinkle some parmesan and dig in.
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