Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Bacon and Broccoli Pesto Pasta - Family Favourites

Whenever I serve this there are clean plates all round. It is such a quick, easy tasty meal. It pleases us all, me because there are vegetables in and everyone else as it has bacon in it!

Pasta is definitely a favourite in our house. It is such a versatile ingredient that can be catered and adjusted for everybodies tastes. At this time of year when heavy meals are a must it is nice to have a break and enjoy pasta. This meal is lovely with bacon but could also be made with any leftover turkey that you may have after the big day!

Here is this weeks Family Favourites recipe...

Bacon and Broccoli Pesto Pasta


6 rashers of bacon (approx 300g), chopped
1 lg red onion, chopped
200g broccoli florets
100g button mushrooms, quartered
400g pasta shapes
3 tbsp green pesto


1 - Cook the pasta as per instructions

2 - Place the broccoli florets in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes

3 - Heat 1 tsp of olive oil in a pan  and add the onions and chopped bacon cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and the onions are starting to caramelise

4 - Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes

5 - Add the cooked florets of broccoli to the pan, combine all of the ingredients together and keep on a low heat

6 - Drain the cooked pasta and return to the pan

7 - Stir in the green pesto and finally add the bacon, broccoli and onions

This dish is delicious served as it is or with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese accompanied with garlic bread.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas x

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