Bacon and mushroom penne

    30 min

    When I was in university, I created this delicious pasta dish using my favourite cheap ingredients: bacon, button mushrooms and garlic.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 (500g) packet penne pasta
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
    • 175g (6 oz) smoked bacon, chopped
    • 1 (200g) punnet mushrooms, sliced
    • 8 cloves garlic, minced
    • 750ml (1 1/4 pints) chicken stock
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 50g (2 oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Cook penne according to packet instructions; drain.
    2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften.
    3. Pour in the chicken stock, and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add cooked penne to the pan, and stir until coated. Simmer uncovered until the sauce has reduced to just a few teaspoons in the bottom. Place generous servings onto plates, and top with Parmesan cheese.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. If I were to make this again I would add a little more bacon and mushrooms and use a little less pasta, maybe about 400g. I might also add a little cream.  -  30 Mar 2009


    Used different ingredients. I started by frying a red onion and then added the bacon cooked for 5 mins then added the garlic and mushrooms, cooked these for about 3 mins. I then added the wine and reduced, then added the chicken stock. I finished off by adding half a tub of low fat onion and chive soft cheese to make a low fat creamy sauce. Yum!  -  06 May 2010


    This is delicious, going to be a favourite!!  -  14 Aug 2014