Bacon, Leek & Pine Nut Pasta

The other day I’d taken some bacon out of the freezer for the evening meal thinking I’d do a pasta dish. That evening I realised that I also had a packet of leeks begging to be used so rummaged through my cupboards looking for some inspiration. There I found some pine nuts that also needed using up and so this dish evolved! These three simple ingredients marry off really well with the extra virgin olive oil, pasta and parmesan cheese. My family loved this dish so I will certainly be making this again and it’s so good for when you’re in a hurry!

What’s your favourite quick pasta dish? Do share in the comments below!

I’m am entering this dish into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Monday’s challenge as this recipe is made totally scratch.

Made with Love Mondays, hosted by Javelin Warrior

Start by frying your bacon until just starting to brown.

Then add the sliced leeks and sweat while you put the pasta on to boil.

Add the pine nuts and then the rest of the EVO.

Season with freshly ground pepper.

Stir mixture into the drained pasta.

Serve with a dusting of Parmesan.

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Bacon, Leek & Pine Nut Pasta
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A quick, simple and tasty mid week supper of bacon, leeks, pine nuts and pasta topped with parmesan cheese.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 300g / 11oz Pasta shapes
  • 3 Leeks (medium) finely sliced
  • 6 Bacon Rashers (smoked or unsmoked), finely sliced
  • 20g / 0.7oz Pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Parmesan, grated to taste
  1. Fry the bacon in a large wok or frying pan in 1 tbsp oil until starting to brown.
  2. Stir the sliced leeks and cover with a lid and continue to cook on a low to medium heat stirring occasionally..
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to their instructions.
  4. Once the leeks are cooked make a well in the centre of the pan, turn the heat up, add the pine nuts and heat through for a minute.
  5. Then add 2 tbsp oil and heat through stirring ingredients together, season well with pepper.
  6. Add the bacon, leeks and pine nuts to the pasta and stir through.
  7. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.


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  1. Amy Fidler

    Love pasta dishes,so i will be attempting this x

    1. Camilla

      Great Amy, enjoy:-)

  2. Lisa Williams

    This looks so yummy and warming …. another one to add to my list of things to try out 🙂

  3. Ruth Hedges

    I love quick and simple meals and this one has all my favourite ingredients so it’s definitely one I’m going to try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ruth, enjoy:-)

  4. Ursula Hunt

    I have started to eat more pine nuts to reduce my weight and this is a great idea

    1. Camilla

      I do love pinenuts, didn’t know they could help you lose weight though!

  5. Maya Russell

    This sounds nice. Hopefully it’ll get the kids to eating leeks.

  6. Anne Dalzell

    I love the combination of leek and bacon, it always goes so well together. Being Northern Irish i usually pan fry it with some cooked potatoes and a load of butter.

    1. Camilla

      Yes potatoes are synonymous with Ireland so I can imagine:-)

  7. William Gould

    Wife make a similar dish, never thought of using leeks though….

  8. Jayne Sullivan

    This dish looks so tasty. Such a clever idea to use pine nuts. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  9. Carolyn Clapham

    I love the sound of that. I’ll definitely give it a try when my home-grown leeks are big enough to use

  10. Rachel O'neill

    Well this ones a winner for me I love bacon and leeks together any way, for some reason I’ve never put them together with pasta, so thanks for the idea.

  11. Paul Wilson

    Mmmm looks great.

  12. KMayers

    I can’t eat too much bacon as a rule. Same with pasta – but the way you’ve put this dish together it would be ideal for me I think. It looks so tasty! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

    1. Camilla


  13. Maya Russell

    Looks so nice, alas, my daughter hate’s nuts. I suppose I could put them in afterwards, just for me.

    1. Camilla

      Pine Nuts aren’t really nuts they’re more like seeds, my 10 yr old loves them:-)

  14. Ursula Hunt

    Another great pasta dish

  15. Tracy Nixon

    This look lovely! Going to make this tomorrow!

  16. Sara Hughes

    Good ingredients, quick and easy for after work too, Great when autumn starts to set in.

  17. Lisa Williams

    this is great it looks so simple and delicious 🙂

  18. Fishfingers for tea

    Bacon and leek is a fabulous combination! I wish that the husband liked pasta more, it would make life a little easier at times! But the toddler is as happy as I am to wolf down huge bowls, we make a similar thing and I love it for its ease but extreme tastiness!

    1. Camilla

      Oh I know all about different tastes, it can drive you mad!

  19. Karen

    What a wonderful random meal and with bacon in it, is has my name al over it! Happy birthday for today! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Karen, random but yummy:-) Camilla

  20. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Very tasty Camilla. I love pan fried leeks but often forget about buying them. We eat pasta very regularly in our home – probably twice a week and my husband throws on pine nuts to ALL pasta dishes (he is obsessed with the flavour!)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline! He’s a man after my own heart, my favourite pizza the “Venizziana” has pinenuts on it so I’m usually throwing them over our own pizzas with garlic oil, sultanas and red onion rings (oh and capers for hubby which I give to him in the restaurant)!

  21. Mich - Piece of Cake

    Love the bacon, leek and pine nut combination… sounds most delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mich, we enjoyed it!

  22. Vanesther

    Mmmm, simple and tasty. Love it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Vanesther! The simpler the better eh!

  23. Javelin Warrior

    I love dishes that just come from random ingredients and a spark of inspiration – they’re often the most tasty and toughest to duplicate later unless written down at the exact moment of making 🙂 This sounds quite tasty and thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Mark. Yeh, luckily I am organised now and have an exercise book and pen on the work top to jot these things down as otherwise they are gone forever as you say! Mind you this dish is so simple there wouldn’t be much to get wrong;-)

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