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Pesto and Mushroom Pasta with Bacon Crisps

Pesto Pasta

As promised here is the next of my simple pasta dishes; a recipe which makes full use of the delicious pesto recipe I recently posted. It’s amazing, I’ve finally started living up to my promises – only traditional Spanish and Welsh food to come on that front. Sorry if anyone has been waiting for these empty foodie promises, they will come. However, back to the dish – this is real comfort food at its best, there is nothing quite like sitting down after a hard day with a bowl of pesto and pasta in hand. Although they do add quite a lot, the mushrooms and bacon are there merely to improve and make wholesome the already spectacular basil flavour.

Today is my last true day of being an undergraduate student – I graduate tomorrow at 11.15am. I believe it is tradition, following a graduation ceremony, to go for a meal with the parents, and I don’t mean to break such a well-worn ritual. Indeed, we intend to take a trip over the road from the magnificent Will’s Memorial Building to Jamie’s Italian, a restaurant which I’ve only heard good things about. It’s really all quite exciting, even if I have to get up at around 5.30 am tomorrow in order to drive to Bristol in time to actually make the ceremony.

Without further ado, please enjoy this meal – comfort food at it’s very best!

Pesto and Mushroom Pasta with Bacon Crisps {recipe}

Serves 4


• 4 heaped tsp basil pesto

• 400g penne pasta

• 2 rashers of smoked bacon, very thinly sliced

• 8-10 chestnut or button mushrooms, sliced


1. Put the pasta on to boil. Heat the grill up and carefully place each thin slice of bacon individually on some foil. Do not touch the bacon until it has gone really nice and crispy, it is so thin it shouldn’t need turning.

2. Fry the mushrooms in a frying pan with some olive oil for around 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper.

3. Mix together the drained pasta, mushrooms and pesto. Serve in a bowl and garnish with the bacon crisps. Bon Appetit!


Including all four portions, this meal should cost a cheery £1.20-30. You may want to serve it with a salad, but I found it quite enough.

11 replies on “Pesto and Mushroom Pasta with Bacon Crisps”

This is seriously good, have just made it for a night in when I can cook just to my liking. Love your recipes, very much the kind of cooking I enjoy. Have had to tighten my belt for the past couple of years, but even I don’t need to count every penny I still like to know I can eat well without silly spending!

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