Budget-friendly Bacon, mushroom & spinach pasta
This easy creamy bacon, mushroom and spinach pasta is a weeknight dinner dream. So easy to make, easy on the wallet and absolutely delicious.
Now I know this doesn’t sound budget friendly AT ALL. Bacon can be quite expensive and mushrooms aren’t always the most cost effective, especially since they shrink down to almost nothing when cooked. But they are both high-flavor ingredients which means you don’t need a lot of it to make a recipe taste good. This is the one dish that will debunk all the myths that budget cooking has to be boring and bland. The sauce has plenty of bacon and veg and it’s absolutely silky and creamy (without adding any cream!).
Usually I would add 250ml cream and loads of cheese to this which obviously ups the calorie content as well as the price so this is a win-win situation. Once again, adding things like garlic, onions and spices adds a lot of depth and flavour without adding too much to the overall cost of the dish.
If you wanted to bulk this up even more (not that you would need to) you could add some garlic bread and a salad. However, I really don’t think it’s necessary to serve anything with this for a casual weeknight dinner.
250g Bacon, Chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
250g Mushrooms, Sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
200g Spinach, Trimmed and chopped
500ml Milk mixed with 1tbsn Maizena
Pinch of Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Paprika
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
500g Cooked Pasta of your choice
- In a large saucepan, fry the onion and bacon together until the onion is translucent and the bacon is starting to crisp up.
- Add the mushrooms and garlic and fry for another 3-5 minutes until the mushrooms are almost cooked.
- Add the spinach, and sautè until the spinach is wilted.
- Add the milk mixture along with the spiced and allow to come to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer until the sauce is thickened. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper and serve on cooked pasta.