Lemon and mint spaghetti with crispy bacon: A quick and tasty family supper that’s ready in 15 minutes.
I’m delighted to be hosting February’s round of Pasta Please on behalf of Jac from veggie-tastic Tinned Tomatoes.
If you’re a vegetarian you should really check out Jac’s amazing blog, as she has SO many delicious recipes. And let me tell you her veggie burger selection is something to be admired 🙂
So, yes, pasta! I’d like all you bloggers out there to get thinking about yummy things to do with spaghetti! My kids adore spaghetti, probably because it’s the most fun and messy of all the pasta types. But what do you cook it with? Is it a classic bolognese, or do you whizz up a fresh pesto in your blender? Maybe you keep it simple and just stir a bit of olive oil and grated parmesan through it.
Please come and share your spaghetti recipe posts with us using the linky below. And to kick proceedings off I’ve come up with a super-quick and fresh recipe:
Lemon and leek spaghetti with mint and crispy bacon
prep time: 5 mins
cooking time: 15 mins
100g streaky bacon (or veggie bacon)
1 leek, chopped
1 lemon, zest only
1 mugful of frozen peas
100g cream cheese
Handful fresh mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
1. Grill or griddle the streaky bacon until crispy, drain on some kitchen paper then snip into small pieces and set aside.
2. Soften the leek in a little olive oil or butter for around 5 minutes, add the lemon zest, frozen peas and cream cheese, season with black pepper and stir over a low heat for a further 5 mins until the cream cheese melts into a lovely sauce with the other ingredients.
3. Meanwhile bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook your spaghetti until just tender, drain retaining a little of the cooking water and turn into a large dish and toss with the sauce. Scatter with the crispy bacon pieces and chopped mint and serve immediately.
Tip: If you prefer you could soften the leeks and bacon (chopped) together, but I do mine separately as I like the bacon crispy and also I’m cooking for a vegetarian and this means he can have the saucy spaghetti minus the bacon.
Pasta Please Challenge: February
- To join in, make a pasta dish using spaghetti
- All diets welcome – vegetarian, meat-eaters, etc
- Post your pasta dish on your blog and add it to the linky at the bottom of the current challenge.
- Link to Feeding Boys and Tinned Tomatoes
- Use the Pasta Please logo in your post
- If you use twitter, tweet your post with @cookingkt and @tinnedtoms with hashtag #PastaPlease and we will re-tweet it.
- Only one entry per blog.
- Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.
If you’re looking for further inspiration here are some of my other spaghetti recipes: