Creamy Mushroom & Bacon Fettuccine is the ultimate comfort meal after a long day – especially when served with a side of garlic bread! Crispy bacon and golden-fried mushrooms are cooked in a creamy, garlicky sauce – packed with extra flavour thanks to chicken stock, which gives this simple pasta classic added depth and complexity. The dish is finished with finely grated parmesan and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper. I like to use sliced white button mushrooms but you could use Swiss brown or small whole mushrooms.

Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Pasta
Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Fettuccine is comfort food at its best. It’s so simple to make, uses very few ingredients and you could easily add more vegetables to up the nutrition.

To make this meal even more nutritious and satisfying, you can add extra vegetables like cherry tomatoes, zucchini (courgette) or leafy greens – sun-dried tomatoes add a particularly delicious tangy flavour burst. I have used fettuccine, but you can swap this for the pasta of your choice. It’s a fulfilling meal on its own, but I like to serve it with a green salad with a lemony dressing. This gorgeous pasta dish feels indulgent and special, yet is so quick and easy to make and there’s very little washing up. It’s perfect for busy weeknights as it involves minimal prep and only a handful of low-cost ingredients, so you can have it on the table in 20 minutes. Leftovers are just as spectacular the next day.

What can I serve with Creamy Mushroom & Bacon Fettuccine?

The ultimate pairing is some Freezer Friendly Garlic Bread, but with this recipe being super thick, creamy and indulgent, I love serving it with some steamed greens or a green, leafy salad with a lemony vinaigrette to cut through the richness of the cream.

Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Pasta
The secret to the extra flavour in the sauce for Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Fettuccine is using chicken stock to deglaze the pan before adding the cream.

What else can I add to the sauce?

You can add up to 4 cups of vegetables of choice to this recipe (including, or in place of, the mushrooms). Try finely diced zucchini (courgette), halved cherry tomatoes, finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, finely sliced capsicum (bell pepper), finely sliced asparagus or small broccoli florets. Add any of these vegetables once the mushrooms are cooked, then cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. You can also add frozen peas or shredded baby spinach in the last 2 minutes of cooking.

Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Pasta
Crispy bacon and mushrooms are cooked in a creamy, garlicky sauce, made richer with chicken stock, then flavoured with thyme. I chose fettuccine for this dish, but you could use pretty much any pasta of your choice.

What are some other easy dinner ideas?

One of my first steps when meal planning is to check my schedule/calendar to see what I have on for the week. I choose quick and easy dinners for those days I know will be extra busy. Some of our favourites are:
Tuscan Chicken Pasta
Juicy Thai Beef Lettuce Cups
Quick Mexican Beef Rice Bowls
Pad See Ew
Creamy Chorizo Pasta

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Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Pasta in deep bowl

Creamy Mushroom & Bacon Fettuccine

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Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Fettuccine is stress-free to make, uses just a few low-cost ingredients, and can be on the table in 20 minutes. This homemade family favourite is comfort food at its finest.

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 300 g (10 1/2 oz) fettuccine (see note 1, can be substituted with any pasta of choice)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g (7 oz) bacon, cut into thick strips
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 400 g (14 oz) mushrooms (sliced white button or Swiss brown mushrooms, or small whole mushrooms)
  • 1 tbsp freshly minced garlic
  • 2 thyme sprigs, plus a few extra leaves to garnish (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken stock
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) thick (double/heavy) cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) freshly grated parmesan, to serve
  • Cracked black pepper, to serve

Instructions

  1. Cook the fettuccine as per the packet directions, less 1–2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium–high heat.
  3. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes until starting to brown.
  4. Add the red onion and cook, stirring, for a further 1–2 minutes before adding the mushrooms.
  5. Cook the mushrooms for 4–5 minutes until browned and golden.
  6. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until the garlic is fragrant.
  7. Add the chicken stock and scrape up any sticky bits from the base of the pan. Cook for 1–2 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed.
  8. Add the cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2–3 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt to taste.
  9. Once the pasta is ready, drain and rinse with cold water (this prevents the pasta sticking and stops it cooking any further – it will continue cooking in the sauce).
  10. Discard the thyme sprigs from the sauce. Add the pasta and toss it in the sauce for 1 minute using tongs, until the pasta is just warmed through. Note the fettuccine will absorb some of the sauce and the sauce will thicken as it sits.
  11. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan, cracked black pepper and extra fresh thyme leaves (if using).

Notes

Note 1 – You can use up to 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) of pasta in this recipe without any further modifications.

Make ahead:

Mushrooms – Prepare the mushrooms ahead of time, ready for when you need them, by cleaning them first to remove any debris (use a damp paper towel to wipe the mushrooms clean), then slice the mushrooms (unless using small whole mushrooms). Refrigerate in an airtight container or reusable sandwich bag for up to 3 days.

Leftovers:

Store leftover Creamy Bacon & Mushroom Fettuccine in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave until just warmed through. As the pasta sits, the cream will be absorbed and it’s likely the fats and liquids in the sauce will separate. As a result, the sauce may be more oil-based – but the taste is equally delicious! This recipe is not suitable to freeze and is best made fresh.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: mains, pasta
  • Method: pan
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Australian