Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Pasta

Friends invited us to dinner last Saturday night and we were treated to a delicious pasta dish –
Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Linguine.  I’m a HUGE fan of all things lemon so I couldn’t wait to try it out at home tonight.  Having no linguine in the pantry wasn’t a deterrent, any pasta shape will do, as long as the creamy sauce is able to coat the pasta.

Creamy Lemon and Bacon Pasta

ingredients:

pasta of your choice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 x 250g pack of bacon
1 large courgette, grated, all liquid squeezed out
1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
½ cup cream
fresh basil, mint or chives
grated parmesan cheese

  1. Cook pasta until al dente in lots of boiling water with a little salt added.  Drain.
  2. Chop bacon (remove rind and excess fat first) and fry in olive oil over medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add garlic and courgette and fry for 2 minutes, careful not to allow garlic to turn brown (makes it bitter).
  4. Add zest, cream and juice and lower heat, stirring occasionally.  Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.  Cream will reduce.
  5. Pour sauce over pasta and stir gently to ensure pasta is well coated.
  6. Add your choice of fresh herbes and grated parmesan.
  7. I didn’t see a need to add salt or pepper as the lemon flavour is delicate and I didn’t want it to be overshadowed.  The parmesan and bacon is already salty so didn’t want to overdo that either.
  8. Enjoy!

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