Creamy Pasta

A simple and quick Creamy Pasta which will have you reaching for a second bowl!

Creamy Pasta

This simple and quick Creamy Pasta will become a fast favourite with the whole family. Follow the recipe or add extra vegetables to boost the flavour and variety. You will definitely be reaching for your second bowl!

Serves: 6-8

Time: 50mins


  • 500g of penne pasta
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1  onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 1/2cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 200g bag baby spinach
  • 1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes


Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain the pasta and keep 1/ 2 cup of pasta water.

In a large pan over medium heat, cook chopped bacon until crisp at the edges. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and stir for one minute.

Stir in tomato pesto and cream and bring to a simmer. Stir in half the cheese until melted then add the reserved pasta cooking water. Turn off the heat and stir in spinach. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss.

Place the pasta into a casserole dish and top off with tomatoes and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in preheated 260º oven until browned.

Serve and Enjoy!


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    16th Jun 2014
    It is a pity that presenter of the recipe can't find a picture that at least looks a bit like the given ingredients in the recipe.
    normie 39
    18th Jun 2014
    Sounds Great,
    But what is Crushed Red Pepper
    Tomato Pesto....Sundried.

    Mere Male with not a lot of cooking experience.
    18th Jun 2014
    Crushed red pepper could be paprika - Yanks call capsicums peppers or chilli, but to me paprika doesn't go with the other ingredients. I would leave it out, a little bit of chilli powder would be better...not too much though.
    You can buy pesto in jars at the supermarkets - basil, sundried tomato, coriander...

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