Thursday, 21 July 2011

Creamy Onion and Bacon pasta

I picked this recipe out to try recently from one of the instore magazines from Sainsbury's which was advertised as being family friendly, and also was one of their ‘feed your family under a fiver’ recipes. At present it’s not available online, or at least I couldn’t find a valid link..

As it’s only the two of us adults at home, I halved the recipe and to boost the vegetable content I added some finely chopped carrot and a handful of sweetcorn to the mixture, as felt it was a bit lacking otherwise. Also I didn’t want to wash up another pan for the vegetables and this way I could add those two particular vegetables easily! Whilst the parsley does add a hint of greenery, I will experiment next time around with maybe some green beans or broccoli thrown in..however I do love my vegetables so feel free to omit all of them if you just want a bit of a carby comfort food!

Whilst I will definitely make the recipe again, I would cut down on the sugar as it was a tad sweet for me personally (I have adjusted it in the ingredients list), D also commented it tasted a little like hot coleslaw but apparently not in a bad way... Personally I can’t stand coleslaw so can’t really comment there!

Overall it’s a good worknight pasta dish and the caramelized onions make a nice change, as I tend to have both bacon and onions in the fridge it’s a handy standby recipe too! Sainsbury’s claim their original recipe works out at £1.24 per person based on 4 servings, and so based roughly on my adjusted recipe for two persons, I guess you would get change from £3, so its pretty economical!

Serves 2

4 rashers of smoked Bacon, cut into small bite sized pieces
200g Farfalle pasta
1 carrot, finely diced
1/2 cup of frozen sweetcorn
½ tbsp sugar
4 heaped tbsp. Half fat Crème fraiche
1 large white onion, finely sliced
Approx 1 tbsp Fresh parsley leaves to garnish and stir through
Black pepper to serve – I just added to mine as D isn’t keen on it
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely sliced

Gently heat the oil and add the carrot, garlic, onions and sugar, cook over a medium heat for around 15 minutes or until softened and have slightly caramelized – I put a lid on the pan to stop them drying out and burning

Meanwhile fry the bacon until brown and crispy, stir into the onions. Boil the pasta as per packet instructions, adding the sweetcorn for the final 4 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Stir in the bacon and onion mixture, along with the crème fraiche and parsley, serve immediately


  1. Looks like a great worknight pasta dish - I love my veggies too!!

  2. Whoa.. I would love this in my plate right now!

  3. Perfect simple dinner and you were very right to add the veggies, would almost feel wrong without them!!!


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