Penne with bacon and leek sauce
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Penne with bacon and leek sauce

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This leek sauce is one of my favorite pasta condiments. It’s creamy and leek-y (no, that’s probably not a word). But if you like the leek’s flavor you certainly will like this dish.

The salty smoked bacon gives it a nice kick but you can even try this recipe omitting the bacon and make a super yummy vegetarian pasta dish.

You can use any kind of pasta for this dish: fresh or dry; but I suggest you to use short pasta since it better blends with this kind of condiment.
I also used this leek sauce (baconless) as a condiment for ravioli or gnocchi.

Penne with bacon and leek sauce
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 180g (2 oz) Short Pasta (such as Penne, Farfalle, Fusilli, etc.)
  2. 50g (1/4 cup) Smoked Bacon cubes
  3. 1 medium Leek
  4. 1/2 glass Milk
  5. 1 Egg yolk
  6. 1 tsp Lemon juice
  7. EVO oil
  8. Salt, Pepper
  9. Ground Nutmeg
  1. Cut the leek in 1 cm slices and stir fry them in olive oil for about 5 minutes or until they start to brown lightly.
  2. Add the half glass of milk, salt and ground nutmeg; turn the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every once in a while.
  3. Meanwhile beat the egg yolk in a small bowl with the lemon juice and set aside.
  4. Toss the pasta in boiling salted water and cook for the minutes indicated in the package (usually 10-12).
  5. While the pasta is cooking the leeks should be ready and soft, Pour them in a blender and blend until you have a smooth sauce of less if you prefer it more chunky (like in the picture).
  6. Add the egg yolk to the leek sauce and mix well.
  7. In another small pan, brown the smoked bacon cubes at low heat without adding any kind of grease since the bacon will release its own fat.
  8. When the pasta is al dente, drain it and mix it with the leek sauce and add the smoked bacon.
  9. Serve hot with freshly grated black pepper and maybe a little bit of Parmesan cheese (which is good on everything).
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