Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Linguine

If you ever want a comfort food that delivers on taste and simplicity, then you must try this creamy mushroom and bacon linguine. The recipe is very easily put together and is great when you want a break from the tomato sauce based pastas. Flavoured with bacon, mushrooms and butter this dish is comfort food at its best!

The recipe I am posting today was one of the first dishes I had ever made from a blog. We had recently moved into our own place and it was a big learning curve in terms of cooking. Our parents were very helpful and had given us a few recipes so we wouldn’t starve or miss home too much… (well that’s what I wanted them to believe!)

After a while, we had been cooking the same stuff for a while and just needed something new. Steph suggested that I look something up on the internet and this recipe caught my attention.

From that day on, this pasta dish has been our guilty pleasure. Especially for Steph. If she’s having a hard day (usually my fault!), she can usually be spotted tearing into a full bar of chocolate like a wild savage. On other days where she needs some comforting, this creamy pasta and a BIG glass of wine usually does the trick.

So, if you are like me and are prone to giving your partner the sh!ts… I highly recommend trying this creamy mushroom and bacon dish to start the forgiveness process!

My Tips for Success

  1. Do not cut the mushrooms too thinly. Give them a bit of thickness so that they don’t breakup while cooking and tossing the pasta through the sauce.
  2. I use normal economy bacon (I am cheap!) but it can be substituted with streaky bacon or pancetta.
  3. Check the seasoning of the dish only after you put in the pasta.
  4. Like with all pasta dishes, it gets harder and harder to cook when you add more portions. If you do intend to cook for 6 – 8 people, I suggest cooking on two stove tops. It know it sounds like a pain but it is so much easier to control and you wont be disappointed at the end.
  5. If you need to tone down the richness of the dish, then consider omitting the butter and draining all the bacon fat. Other options include using light cream or leaner parts of bacon.
  6. This dish does not reheat well. It is best to eat it all as soon as its ready.

Recipe Costing

This table shows how much this recipe will cost if you had to go out and buy everything on the ingredients list (“Shop Price”), as well as the value of ingredients actually used in the recipe (“Recipe Cost”).

We haven’t bothered with small quantities of salt, pepper or sugar as the cost would be negligible. All prices are in Australian dollars and are based off what was published on Coles Online or Woolworths Online as at time of writing.

Servings: 2 (generous)

IngredientQuantity
Bough
t
Shop
Price
Recipe
Needs
Recipe Cost
Linguine500 gm
packet
$1.70250 gm$1.35
Bacon1 kg packet$7.50100 gm$0.75
White Mushrooms6 at $12/kg$1.446 (120 gm)$1.44
Garlic1 bulb at
$25/kg
$1.502 cloves$0.30
Brown onion1 at $2.90/kg$0.521/2$0.26
Unsalted butter250 gm block$3.2520 gm$0.27
Cream600 ml carton$3.70250 ml$1.54
Spinach100 gm at
$16/kg
$1.6030 gm$0.48
Parsley 1 bunch$2.982 sprigs$0.30
Total $24.19 $6.69

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Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Linguine

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Mushroom and Bacon Linguine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Scruff

Ingredients

  • 250 gm linguine or your choice of pasta
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 100 gm bacon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 120 gm mushrooms (approx 6), sliced
  • 20 gm unsalted butter (roughly 1 tbsp)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt (add more after taste test)
  • pepper to taste
  • 30 gm spinach (handful)

Garnishes

  • 2 sprigs flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  • chilli flakes

Instructions

  1. Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta as per package instructions.

  2. Prepare all your ingredients.

  3. In a fry pan on medium high, add 1 tbsp of oil and the chopped bacon. Fry until crisp and remove from the pan onto a paper lined dish. Leave the drippings in the pan.

  4. Add the garlic and onion. Stir through for 30 seconds and then add the butter and mushrooms. Cook for 2 minutes.

  5. Check you pasta is done and strain.

  6. Add the cream, salt and pepper to the fry pan. Lower the heat to medium low and let the sauce warm through.

  7. Add the pasta and toss it through the sauce. Check the seasoning of the pasta and adjust according to your taste.

  8. Add the spinach and allow it to wilt in the pasta. 

  9. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, parsley and chilli flakes. Serve immediately. 

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