Creamy Bacon & Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti

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So I appreciate that the above picture looks a little like something my cat threw up but I took the photo in a rush because I was STARVING. I’m currently on a diet and this was practically the only thing I ate yesterday (despite it not being that diet friendly…everything in moderation is my philosophy). Plus – have you ever tried to make a plate of white mush look attractive? Let me tell you, it’s no easy task!

Anyhow, it matters not a jot what this looks like because it tastes flipping delicious.

The original recipe for this didn’t include bacon but everything tastes better with bacon right? Also, a dinner without some form of meat in it just isn’t a dinner for Mr M so I threw that in there to keep him happy.

All in all, while this looks a bit of a disaster, it wasn’t, so ner. It’s  bit heavy on the butter and cream but if you like creamy garlicky mushroomy goodness – then you’ll like this!

Recipe serves 4.

Creamy Bacon & Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti

Ingredients
250g spaghetti 
50g butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
250g bacon lardons or diced pancetta
500g fresh mushrooms, sliced (I used chestnut)
1 tsp dried mixed herbs 
350ml milk (full fat is best)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
100ml single creamMethod

Cook the pasta according to direction – when cooked put to one side and mix a little olive oil in to stop it all sticking together.

In a frying pan, fry the diced bacon in a little oil until golden and starting to crisp. Remove from the pan and drain off excess fat by resting on some kitchen roll.

Over a medium heat, melt half the butter in a large pan or wok. Add one clove of garlic along with the sliced mushrooms and gently sauté for above 5-7 minutes until they have softened. Remove from the pan and put to one side.

Take the remaining butter, pop into the pan and melt over a medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Put the flour and herbs into the pan and cook for a further minute. Slowly add the milk, whisking as you go. It might look lumpy for bit but keep whisking, it will get there. Season and simmer until thickened (this doesn’t take long at all). Mix in the cream.

Put the spaghetti, bacon and mushrooms back into the pan and mix everything together well and serve!

We had this with crispy garlic bread and sprinkled over some parmesan.

I really wish I had some leafy salad to go with it too so next time I’ll do that!

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