An addictively delicious creamy bacon pasta sauce. This will become an easy go to pasta dish that you can customise with any vegetables you like. A creamy bacon pasta sauce has always been my weakness and a go to if I want something easy but insanely delicious!
Hello! I am writing up this recipe because I made this recently, as a lazy Sunday dinner to watch in front of trashy TV and it was SO great. You can't really beat a good creamy bacon pasta, it hits all the notes. I added some broccoli and courgettes but just use whatever you have in the fridge. Some green beans, spinach, peas - anything will work.
I used a store bought linguine but use whatever you have on hand or make something fresh if you want a project! This would be DIVINE with my hand rolled gnocchi sardi as the creamy bacon sauce would cling to the grooves perfectly. You could make a fresh batch of homemade pappardelle with my easy homemade pasta dough which would also be heavenly.
If quick and easy pasta dishes are what makes you happy then PLEASE try my fast and delicious nduja pasta sauce, it's such a winner. Other quick sauces are my creamy tomato pasta sauce and my classic cacio e pepe.
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Pasta - Obviously! I used dried linguine as that is what I had. Use anything you like, fresh or dried. My portion sizes are on the bigger end so use as much or as little as you like.
Bacon - I always use streaky bacon, I prefer it and think it has lots of flavour. The fat in the bacon adds wonderful flavour and depth here so please don't drain it away.
Vegetables - The great thing about recipes like this is you can use whatever you have in the fridge. I love broccoli in creamy sauces as it soaks up the sauce so well! You could use cauliflower, peas, beans or spinach leaves - anything will work.
Cream - I use what we call single cream here in NZ. Full fat please!
Parmesan - As always the quality of the parmesan you use will always make a difference to the taste. I generally use either a mini smoothie maker to turn it into crumbs or a microplane. If you don't have either of those use the little star side of your box grater. It needs to be really fine to melt into the cream easily.
Tips for success!
- Don't you dare drain any of that delicious bacon fat! It adds so much flavour when the cream mixes into it. We aren't eating a salad here, embrace the deliciousness!
- Undercook your pasta. I suggest this in most of my sauces as I always add my cooked pasta directly into the sauce. By letting the pasta finish cooking in the sauce you are infusing flavour. I only undercook by a minute.
- Don't overcook the vegetables. I only cook them in the pan by themselves for a couple of minutes. They will continue cooking when you add the cream and I personally like vegetables to retain a bit of bite.
- Don't drain your pasta. I always transfer my pasta directly from the pot into the sauce either with tongs if it's a long shape or a spider strainer.
Why pasta water is your best friend!
You'll hear me harp on about the magic that is pasta water in 99% of my recipes. It really is a key ingredient in every sauce I make. The starch left behind in the water acts as a thickening agent and helps sauces cling to the pasta. I couldn't make a sauce without it.
I never EVER drain my pasta in a colander, I always transfer it directly to the sauce using a spider strainer. That way the pasta pot full of water is left there for you to ladle in as you need. if you have seen my reels on instagram you'll notice my sauces are SAUCY.
Pasta soaks up liquid so quickly so I add enough pasta water to make it quite liquidy. By the time I serve into bowls and take to the table it hasn't dried up. You'll get to know what the right consistency is with some practice, you can't go wrong though I promise!
What should you serve with pasta?
I usually opt for a simple and fresh salad. It's a rich meal so something crisp and fresh cuts through it perfectly. For something really easy just serve some wedges of iceberg lettuce on a platter, drizzle with a nice olive oil and sprinkle with finely grated parmesan.
Creams are called all different things in different countries. I use single cream which is called light cream in America. Double or whipping cream is too heavy in my opinion.
Definitely! Clear out whatever you have lurking around in the fridge. Green beans, peas, spinach, capsicums, anything will work!
Generally I find cream based sauces don't re-heat super well. One of the reasons I generally test recipes for two so you can double for four if you need but if not you won't have heaps left over. Eat it all!
Want some other sauces to try?
If you loved this creamy bacon pasta sauce and haven't tried my creamy tomato pasta sauce then add it to the top of your list. If creamy sauces are your obsession then definitely check out my easy creamy peppery pasta. For a cheesy pasta sauce with a bacon twist then check out my easy cheese sauce with thyme and bacon.
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