Cheat’s creamy mushroom pasta

Cheat’s creamy mushroom pasta
  • Serves icon Serves 2
  • Time icon Ready in 15 minutes

Add Boursin to penne pasta, with mushroom, pancetta and chilli, for a quick creamy mushroom pasta recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes.


  • 200g dried pasta, like penne
  • 125g pancetta or bacon lardons (or 6 chopped streaky bacon rashers)
  • 4 sliced flat or portabella mushrooms
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • Generous splash of olive oil
  • 150g Boursin garlic & herbs cheese
  • 3 handfuls of fresh basil leaves (save some for decoration)


  1. Cook pasta according to the packet instructions, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over a high heat. Add pancetta or bacon lardons and fry for 5 minutes, stirring, until golden. Add mushrooms and red chilli. Add olive oil and cook for 4-5 minutes, then reduce the heat slightly.
  3. Add garlic cheese and a splash of water. Stir until melted, then bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute to thicken, and season to taste.
  4. Stir in the cooked pasta with torn basil leaves. Divide between bowls and scatter with more whole basil leaves to serve.


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