Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • 576KCAL

This Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms is a tasty, slimming friendly dinner for anyone counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories576
  • Carbs14g
  • Protein19g
  • Fat5g
  • Saturates2g
  • Sugars5g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

There is nothing better than a creamy pasta dish to feel like you have truly indulged. Combining this creamy pasta with crispy bacon, nutty mushrooms and the sweetness of the humble garden pea feels so naughty you might forget your calorie counting all together!

Our Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms has been created for our fellow pasta fiends and carb lovers!

You can enjoy a bowl full or make a smaller portion to serve with a leafy salad. We also think that swapping out the bacon for salty halloumi would make an equally delicious vegetarian option.

What diets is this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms suitable for?

This Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe can be made vegetarian as long as you swap out the following ingredients for vegetarian versions;

  • Bacon – swap for vegetarian bacon style slices or halloumi
  • Parmesan

It can also be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Pasta

Don’t feel left out if you require a dairy free version, this recipe can be made dairy free by swapping out the following ingredients for dairy free versions.

  • Cream cheese
  • Parmesan

Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe?

  • You need to count 15 Points per portion of this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 13 Points per portion of this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe?

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How many calories are in this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms?

There are 576 calories per portion in this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms, which means it falls into our Special Occasion category.

You could easily cut the portion size in half, and serve it with an accompaniment to cut the amount of calories down!

This Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Boil the pasta as per the instructions on the packet.

Step 2

Cut the bacon into strips, ensuring any fat is removed. To a non-stick saucepan add the bacon and mushrooms and cook on a moderate heat until tender. Add the garlic and cook for a further couple of minutes, keeping a close eye on it to ensure the garlic does not burn.

Step 3

Add the frozen peas and stir well. Season generously with pepper and salt – remembering that the bacon can be salty. Turn down the heat to low, and stir in the Lightest Philadelphia and parmesan. Do not let it boil or the cheese will burn.

Step 4

Once the pasta is cooked, add to the sauce and stir to coat all of the pasta – enjoy!

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How do you know when this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms recipe is cooked?

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet usually dried pasta is cooked between 10-12 minutes.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms?

We do not recommend freezing this recipe.

How do I reheat this Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms

This Creamy Pasta with Bacon, Peas and Mushrooms is a tasty, slimming friendly dinner for anyone counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 576
  • Carbs 14G
WW Points
  • 15 Green
  • 13 Blue
  • 13 Purple

Ingredients

  • 200 grams pasta bows
  • 110 grams Lightest Philadelphia
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 150 grams frozen peas
  • 150 grams mushrooms sliced
  • 4 rashers bacon medallions
  • 5 grams parmesan grated finely

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Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta as per the instructions on the packet.
  2. Cut the bacon into strips, ensuring any fat is removed. To a non-stick saucepan add the bacon and mushrooms and cook on a moderate heat until tender. Add the garlic and cook for a further couple of minutes, keeping a close eye on it to ensure the garlic does not burn.
  3. Add the frozen peas and stir well. Season generously with pepper and salt - remembering that the bacon can be salty. Turn down the heat to low, and stir in the Lightest Philadelphia and parmesan. Do not let it boil or the cheese will burn.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, add to the sauce and stir to coat all of the pasta - enjoy!

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Gemma LouiseThursday 20th June 2019

Hello
I was just wondering if you can freeze this dish?

Many thanks!

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    Emma TMonday 1st July 2019

    Hi Gemma,

    I don’t think it would be a good dish to freeze as I think it would come out a little dry when defrosted and lose the creamy sauce ????

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Claire LambertThursday 30th May 2019

Has anyone tried making this with blended cottage cheese? The lightest Philly we can get in Australia still has 12.7 % fat so I’m trying to think of a lighter alternative.

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    Emma TThursday 20th June 2019

    Hi Claire,

    I would think that should work! Try it on a very gentle heat though as cottage cheese may be more likely to split ????

    Reply

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