Pesto pasta with mushrooms and bacon

Pesto pasta is one of those things that I crave, especially with crispy bacon and mushrooms, delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main
Servings 4
Kid Friendly


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 200 g button mushrooms sliced
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon diced
  • 300 ml cream
  • 300-400 g fresh or dried pasta I used penne
  • 3-4 tablespoons pesto
  • fresh basil to serve


  • Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic, onion, mushrooms and bacon for 4-5 minutes on medium heat until bacon is cooked and mushrooms are tender.
  • Add cream and simmer for 3-4 minutes until reduced. Season to taste.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente, then drain and stir the pesto through the pasta.
  • Gently stir the mushroom and bacon cream through the pesto pasta.
  • Garnish with cracked pepper and fresh basil leaves and serve.


This pasta is brilliant for kids. Older kids could even have a go making it themselves. It also freezes very well, making it perfect to have ready to go for a rainy day. I also think it would be a great meal to make someone who needed a bit of comfort food in their lives – creamy pesto pasta always make me feel better.
Make your own pesto for this recipe, or use a good quality bought one.
This recipe is from the June/July issue of NADIA magazine.