Chicken, bacon and leek pasta

Chicken, bacon and leek pasta

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Chicken, bacon and leek pasta

Chicken, bacon and leek pasta

This is proper comfort food. The rich, creamy leek and mustard sauce would also work with turkey or pulled gammon.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Chicken, bacon and leek pasta ingredients

400g linguine
1 tbsp olive oil
5 RSPCA Assured rashers of streaky bacon, chopped
450g RSPCA Assured boneless and skinless chicken thighs, chopped
3 medium leeks, chopped
1 or 2 garlic cloves, chopped
300ml double cream
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Handful of basil leaves

Chicken, bacon and leek pasta method

Bring the pasta water to the boil and add salt.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the bacon and cook for three minutes.  

Add the chicken and leeks and cook for three to four minutes - or until the chicken is golden-brown and cooked through.

Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and return to the pan while you finish the sauce.

Add the garlic to the bacon, chicken and leeks and cook for one minute.

Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the cream and mustard and warm through.

Add the creamy sauce to the cooked, drained pasta and stir well.

Serve sprinkled with basil leaves.

For a vegetarian alternative

Replace bacon with vegetarian bacon and the chicken with Quorn pieces.  Fry the vegetarian bacon first and remove from the pan before adding the Quorn pieces and leeks. Otherwise, follow the recipe as above, putting the cooked vegetarian bacon back into the finished dish.

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