Good Friends Good Food - Leek and Bacon Linguine

This week in our GFGF group Kayte chose onions or leeks for us.   Since we are not really onion lovers here in this house I thought I would try the leeks.  My DH will not eat anything onion, but he loves pasta so I thought it was worth a try.  First, I had never cooked with leeks so I had to google and make sure I washed and chopped them correctly.  Thank goodness for google right?  

This was amazingly easy to prepare.  And it was totally delicious!


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced in circles (if you do not love leeks, you could cut this down to one leek)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (I use Better than Buillion)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 16 ounces linguine
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, 7-10 minutes. Add leeks and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until leeks begin to brown, 5-8 minutes. Add broth and stir to remove browned bits from bottom of pan. Stir in cream. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 5-8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.
  4. Add cooked pasta, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid to the cream sauce and stir to coat. Add more cooking liquid as needed, until sauce reaches desired consistency.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Before serving, garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.
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Ulrike said…
Nearly every veggie goes with pasta :-), even Brussels for children, unless deformed beyond recognition

This sounds great!
TeaLady said…
I so miss pasta. When I am not doing strict KETO I am going to try this one. Kayte and I used to do pasta every Thursday. I miss that.
Looks delicious, Peggy.
Kayte said…
Peggy, this looks spectacular!! I would love to try's on my short list. We love leeks, so this is going to be so fun to try. I'm happy you liked cooking with them and that you liked the result! Whew! I'm always nervous when I pick an out of the ordinary ingredient.

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