Bacon & Chestnut Penne

My Bacon & Chestnut Pasta dish is so easy to throw together for a quick supper. The sweetness of the chestnuts marries so well with the saltiness of our dry cured bacon in this delicate and creamy sauce.

September 22, 2019
: 4
: 15 min
: 20 min
: 35 min
: Very easy

My creamy bacon & chestnut sauce with pasta makes for a delicious lunch or supper dish, and it's so easy to make to boot!


  • 200g bacon, chopped
  • 2 echallion shallots (or I onion), peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 180g chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 4 thyme sprigs, leaves only
  • 360g penne pasta
  • 200ml reserved pasta cooking water
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 30g Parmesan, finely grated
  • Step 1 Start by heating a heavy based pan over a high heat and dry frying the bacon until golden brown for approximately 5 minutes, stirring during cooking to ensure all sides cook evenly.
  • Step 2 Reduce the heat to medium and add the shallot and celery. Cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the crushed garlic, thyme and chestnuts. Cook for a further 3 minutes.
  • Step 3 Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the instructions on the pack. Drain reserving 200ml of the cooking water.
  • Step 4 Stir the crème fraîche into the cooking water and add to the bacon and chestnut mixture. Add seasoning to taste.
  • Step 5 Stir through and serve with some grated Parmesan.
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