Pasta alla Benni

by Sophie Middleton

July 6, 2016

My Mediterranean roots mean that I never forget the real joys of fresh pasta with a special combination of seasonal ingredients. I’ve dedicated this recipe to my Italian friend Benni who recommended it to me from her mother. Zucchinis are in season at the moment so use them as much as you can in your cooking folks. I always use fresh bought pasta at home and opt for the lightest cream cheese option too – it really gives enough creaminess with the bacon!

If you want less carbs in your dish, you can always reduce the pasta and add more courgette. The end gives a really comforting tanginess which I discovered from my love of lemon with vegetables and how unbelievably well it works with parmegiano cheese too. I would also suggest using tagliatelle pasta and for all the vegetarians out there, you’ve got to try sundried tomatoes instead of bacon! It’s a winner every time.

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Quick Look
Servings - 4
410 - Calories
Time : 30 Minutes

You will need:

  • Fresh fusilli pasta 500g
  • 3 medium zucchinis chopped into circles or peeled into strips
  • 2 rashers of bacon chopped into small pieces (use a handful of sundried tomato for a vegetarian option)
  • Lightest philidelphia cream cheese 160g
  • Half a lemon to squeeze
  • A handful of grated parmeggiano cheese
  1. Boil the pasta for 4 minutes and strain.
  2. Whilst the pasta is cooking chop the zucchinis and the bacon.
  3. Pan fry the bacon for 6 minutes on a medium heat without oil.
  4. Add the zucchini to the bacon and cook on a low heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cream cheese and fold in for 2 minutes.
  6. Return the pasta to pan and add the bacon, zucchini and cream cheese and mix in lightly.
  7. Dish into four bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and some lemon.

Sophie Middleton


Sophie Middleton

Sophie Middleton is the Founding Editor-In-Chief of Digital Hotel and Restaurant Magazine The Fabulous Foodie. Sophie develops and creates recipe-based content for the RYE Kitchen where you can find lots of fun, easy, healthy RYEcipes to choose from. She loves authentic cooking based on good quality ingredients, flavour and taste.
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