• Joanna Heath

Creamy Pasta with Bacon & Pesto

This is a speedy, midweek supper that is a firm favourite amongst The Heath family...

Serves 4

250g Heaths dry cure, Sussex smoked streaky bacon (ask us to cut it into fine pieces)

250g broccoli, tenderstem or normal

100g of your favourite pesto (4 tbsp)

2tbsp of tomato puree

80g grated cheddar

400g of your favourite pasta, we've used rigatoni

100g cream cheese

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pan with a pinch of salt, following the packet instructions.

  2. Meanwhile, chop the broccoli into bite size pieces.When the pasta has 4 minutes left, throw in the broccoli for the last few minutes.Once cooked drain, and keep some of the pasta water.

  3. While the pasta is cooking heat a large wide based pan over a high heat with a knob of butter. Once hot add the bacon and a grind of black pepper and cook until golden and crisp, transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon once cooked. If there is a lot of excess oil in the pan, get rid of it.

  4. Add the tomato puree, pesto and cream cheese to the reserved pan. Season to taste and warm for 1minute or so.

  5. Add the pasta and broccoli to the sauce and add some pasta water if looking a bit dry.

  6. Serve the creamy pesto pasta in bowls sprinkling over the bacon and the grated cheese. Et Voila!

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