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Pesto and Bacon Pasta

Pesto and Bacon Pasta

with courgette and cherry tomatoes

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Pesto and pasta is a classic combination that's hard to improve upon. That said, the deliciously savoury bacon lardons and hint of balsamic are two great additions to this quick and easy dish.

Tags:QuickFamily Friendly
Total Time20 minutes
Cooking Time25 minutes
Cooking difficultyEasy
Serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Serving amount

100 g

Bacon Lardons

1 piece


1 sachet

Italian Herbs

1 sachet

Green Pesto


25 g

Grated Italian Style Hard Cheese


1 piece


125 g

Cherry Tomatoes

180 g

Dried Rigatoni

(ContainsWheatMay be presentSoya, Mustard)

1 sachet

Balsamic Vinegar


Not included in your delivery

to taste


to taste


to taste


to taste


Nutrition Values
Nutrition Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
per serving
per 100g
Energy (kcal)627 kcal
Energy (kJ)2622 kJ
Fat23.88 g
of which saturates5.59 g
Carbohydrate72.51 g
of which sugars8.47 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Protein28.58 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Salt2.62 g
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region.
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Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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  • Boil a large pot of salted water for the rigatoni.
  • When boiling, add the rigatoni to the water and bring back to the boil. Cook until softened, 12 mins.
  • Once cooked, drain in a colander and pop back in the pot.
  • Drizzle with oil and stir through to stop it sticking together. 

TIP: If you’re in a hurry you can boil the water in your kettle.

  • Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). Trim the courgette, then halve lengthways. Slice widthways into 1cm thick pieces.
  • In a small bowl, mix the garlic with 2 tbsp oil, Italian herbs and courgette.
  • Halve the tomatoes and mix with the pesto in a (separate) bowl.
  • Heat a pan (no oil) over medium heat. Fry the bacon and courgette for 3-4 mins. Add the tomatoes and cook for 4-5 mins, until softened. IMPORTANT: Cook lardons thoroughly.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar, pasta and half the Italian style hard cheese to the vegetables.
  • Stir, turn off the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the pasta between your plates.
  • Garnish with the remaining cheese.