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Friday, 24 March 2017

My 15 minute lazy pasta dinner

Do you know what I really love? Really good comfort food. There's something to be said for carbs and their ability to make us feel full and comfy and cosy inside. These dishes are of particular importance during times of need or when requiring cheering up.

Today I thought I'd share one of my favourite comfort foods, which also happens to be a super fast dish perfect for the lazy cook. We usually save this for evenings when we're super busy, or returning from a trip (the homesickness gets very real, and this helps quite a lot). 

It isn't pretty really, but damn is it warming and loved.

What you'll need:
Tesco Chilli and Tomato Pesto
Cream Cheese
Your choice of pasta
Cheddar Cheese

Optional extras:
Pitted/sliced olives

How to make:
Put pasta onto boil. I usually do two-three bowls of pasta for Dann and I. 
Whilst this boils, heat a saucepan with a little oil and add bacon. I tend to cut my bacon into lardon pieces straight into the pan so it cooks faster. 
While the bacon cooks, grate the cheddar cheese. We use a good couple of handfuls, but if you're not into cheese, just do enough to put on top.

If you want to add in the mushrooms now, dice and add to the bacon pan to fry off.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pan. Add a couple of teaspoonfuls of pesto and mix thoroughly. Add the bacon/mushrooms/olives/mozzarella, and mix. 
Grab a spoon, and add a couple of spoonfuls of cream cheese to the mix. This should make a creamy tomato sauce. 
Distribute into bowls and add the grated cheese/parmesan to garnish.

Et voila. Your hearty pasta dish, ready in 15 minutes. And not too much washing up either. 
This is a staple in our house, so we always have these ingredients in, ready for an emergency dinner!




  1. I adore pasta its so versatile and quick to make. I love your quick and easy recipe.

  2. I do something similar to this as well, so filling and so tasty. Pesto is my go to with pasta, i cant get enough of the stuff. Yum, great recipe thanks for sharing x

  3. Pasta is always our go to dish. I've never put bacon with it though. Going to try that tonight!

  4. Well that's my dinner for tonight sorted!!
    Looks DELICIOUS!!
    Great photos too xx
    Gillian  xx

  5. Looks delicious, and so easy to make! x

  6. Oh yum, yum, yum! I love pasta and love how easy and quick this is. It looks delicious. Kaz

  7. This looks amazing! It's crazy how quick you can make a yummy dinner x

  8. oh my boys would love that! Hungry now...

  9. This sounds really nice! I'd never thought of mixing cream cheese and red pesto but I bet it is delicious!

  10. You can't go wrong with pasta! This recipe looks delicious and I love that it's a lazy recipe.

  11. That is a brilliant, quick meal, perfect for all the family.


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