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Red Pesto & Bacon Penne

Red Pesto & Bacon Penne

with Feta & Pine Nuts

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Here's a penne worth thinking about, loaded with crispy bacon, sauteed veggies, crunchy pine nuts and our totally irresistible red pesto, made of sun-dried tomato, chargrilled capsicum, almonds, basil and Parmesan.

Allergens:SulphitesWheatTree NutsMilk
Preparation Time25 minutes
Cooking difficultyLevel 1
Ingredients
serving amount
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serving amount

1 packet

bacon

(ContainsSulphitesMay be presentPeanuts, Tree Nuts, Lupin, Sesame, Soya)

1 unit

brown onion

1 clove

garlic

½ head

broccoli

½ unit

lemon

1 packet

penne

(ContainsWheat)

1 packet

pine nuts

(ContainsTree NutsMay be presentPeanuts, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Soya, Gluten, Milk)

1 bag

baby spinach leaves

1 tub

red pesto

(ContainsTree Nuts, Milk)

1 block

feta cheese

(ContainsMilk)

1 pinch

chilli flakes

Not included in your delivery

olive oil

Nutrition Values/ per serving
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/ per serving
Energy (kJ)3960 kJ
Fat51.9 g
of which saturates11.1 g
Carbohydrate85.4 g
of which sugars10.5 g
Protein29.2 g
Sodium879 mg
Utensils
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Large Non-Stick Pan
Large Pan
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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chop bacon
chop bacon
1

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Chop the bacon into 1cm pieces. Thinly slice the brown onion. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press). Cut the broccoli (see ingredients list) into small florets and roughly chop the stalk. Zest the lemon (see ingredients list) until you have 1 tsp for 2 people / 2 tsp for 4 people, then cut the lemon in half.

cook penne
cook penne
2

Add the penne to the boiling water and cook until ‘al dente’, 10 minutes. TIP: 'Al dente' means the pasta is cooked through but still has a bit of firmness in the middle. Drain, reserving some pasta water (1/4 cup for 2 people / 1/2 cup for 4 people). Return the pasta to the pan.

toast pine nuts
toast pine nuts
3

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the pine nuts and toast, stirring, until golden, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

add bacon
add bacon
4

Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the bacon and cook until browned, 6-7 minutes. Add the onion and broccoli and cook, stirring, until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook until softened and fragrant, 2 minutes.

bring it together
bring it together
5

Add the baby spinach leaves to the frying pan and stir through until slightly wilted. Add the cooked penne and red pesto and toss to combine. Add a splash of pasta water to help the sauce coat the pasta. Add a generous squeeze of lemon juice. TIP: Seasoning is key in this dish, so taste and season with salt, pepper or lemon juice if you wish!

serve up
serve up
6

Divide the red pesto and bacon penne between bowls. Crumble over the feta and sprinkle with the pine nuts and a pinch of chilli flakes (if using).