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Low-Fat Creamy Mushrom & Bacon Pasta

Ok, so a creamy mushroom and bacon pasta dish, I know it's not exactly ground breaking but I was just so impressed with my skills I had to take some pictures for this here blog.

I actually found the original recipe on the Weight Watchers website after searching for recipes with spinach, knowing we had nearly a whole bag of the stuff at home and wanting to use it before it went off. I made quite a few adaptations to the recipe so I'm taking it as my own. The original recipe had dried porcini mushrooms (ain't nobody got time for that after work), closed cup mushrooms and parmesan (unfortunately we forgot to get parmesan, but it tasted fab anyway). Instead I used chestnut mushrooms and bacon with half fat creme fraiche. The juice from the mushrooms and bacon gave the creme fraiche a lovely smokey and salty flavour; bursting with flavour but not too rich as some creamy pastas often are.

This dish came to 10 pro points, which was less than the Weight Watcher's original recipe, and it was a huge hit with both me and the boy. A dish I'll definitely be doing again in the near future.



Low Fat Creamy Mushroom & Bacon Pasta - serves 4

What you will need:

Calorie Control Olive Oil Spray
250g Pasta, any kind you like, I used fusilli but I think tagliatelle would be even better
250g Chestnut Mushrooms, or however many you like
4 rashers of Smoked Streaky Bacon
2-3 good sized Garlic Cloves
3 huge handfuls of Spinach
3 big dollopy tablespoons of Half-Fat Creme Fraiche
2 tablespoons of Pinenuts
Salt & Black Pepper for Seasoning

What you need to do:

Grate the garlic, slice the mushrooms, and chop the bacon
Heat a large frying pan and spray 4-5 sprays of calorie control olive oil
Chuck the garlic, mushrooms and bacon into the large frying pan and cook on a medium heat, tossing and stirring until the mushrooms start to release their juices
Meanwhile, get the pasta on to boil
Whilst the pasta is boiling, add a big handful of spinach and leave on top to let it wilt
Stir in the wilted spinach and add another handful and repeat, do this once more with the remaining handful
When all of the spinach is mixed in add the creme fraiche and mix it all together
Make sure to turn the heat on the pan down, you don't want to thicken the creme fraiche at all as there isn't much of it
Season with salt and black pepper to your taste, although I didn't actually use any extra salt because of the bacon
Drain the pasta when it's cooked
Toss together and/or serve

Et Voila! Not only is it delicious, it's criminally easy for a good meal to whip up straight after work.

What's your favourite creamy pasta dish?