15 December 2011

Herby Bacon and Mushroom Pasta

♬'The Best Of Sonny & Cher'  (1967)

This album cover is very cool, Cher looked amazing during this time. One of these songs reminds me of my friend Hayley who secretly wants to sing a duet with me.


My obsession for pasta started at university and to be honest I don't think I have grown out of it!  I used wholewheat pasta just because it's healthier and adds a nutty flavour. The sauce makes the pasta look white anyway! If you feel brave try to serve this to your kids and do not utter a word about what's in it. 

Sauce enough for four servings if each person has 70g (medium sized bowl) of pasta each.

Recipe for 4


300ml creme fraiche
6 medium sized closed cup mushrooms
3 rashers of thick bacon, fat cut off.
10 fresh spinach leaves (no need to count a small handful is fine, or if you love it add more)
Fresh parsley chopped - about small handful.
Fresh thyme chopped - about 2 sprigs.
Fresh rosemary (1 sprig)
Wholewheat pasta
1 garlic clove crushed.
Olive oil
Salt and pepper


: Get a large pot and fill with water leaving 2cm from the top, add one 1tsp salt and 1 tbsp olive oil. Put on a high heat and keep an eye on it as the pasta can go in once water boils.
On a large chopping board drizzle a bit of olive oil and sprinkle the parsley, thyme, and black pepper.
Put the bacon on top of the herbs, turn each one so both sides are covered. Using a very sharp knife cut the bacon into small squares.

: In a large frying pan add a tiny bit of olive oil and the rosemary sprig - with the olive oil add a bit more than a teaspoon but not more than a tablespoon. Maybe that means dessertspoon, but you be the judge of the spoons!
: Fry the mushrooms and garlic for one minute then add the bacon.
9 The water should be bubbling and now the pasta can cook for two minutes LESS than what it states on the packet. Trust me I was told this by a wise Italian (aka Fred).
: Add the creme fraiche to the frying pan, stir once and simmer for 10 minutes. Season if you want, personally I don't add salt when cooking for myself so I missed it out.
: Lastly add the spinach to the sauce.
: Drain pasta, run under cold water for 2 seconds and then tip in the frying pan. If the frying pan won't be able to handle the pasta, tip the sauce back in the large pot.


Serve straight away.

Don't like mushrooms?
Keep it out the recipe and replace with red onion.

Don't like onions?
Email me.

Favourite Song:

ê 'I Got You Babe' By Sonny and Cher