There’s a lot to love about this rich bowl of pasta, from the savoury bacon to the deep meatiness of the mushrooms and the gooeyness of the Cheddar cheese. There are also plenty of greens to balance things out – now that’s our kind of dinner!
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light thickened cream(ContainsMilk)
chicken stock pot
diced bacon(May be present Soy)
baby spinach leaves
shredded Cheddar cheese(ContainsMilk)
Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to the boil. Finely chop the garlic. Thinly slice the pear (see ingredients) into wedges. In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, honey and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolk, light thickened cream, chicken stock and shredded Cheddar cheese. Season pepper, whisk with a fork and set aside. TIP: Using just egg yolk in this recipe makes the sauce thick and rich!
Cook the fettuccine in the boiling water until 'al dente' 9 minutes. Reserve some pasta water (1/4 for 2 people / 1/2 cup for 4 people), then drain the pasta and return to the pan. TIP: 'Al dente' pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm in the centre.
While the pasta is cooking, heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. When the oil is hot, cook the diced bacon, breaking up with a spoon, until crisp, 5-6 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until softened, 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add 1/2 the baby spinach leaves and cook until wilted slightly, 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium.
Add the fettuccine and creamy sauce mixture to the frying pan and cook, tossing constantly, until the pasta is coated in the sauce, 2 minutes. Season. Add the pear and remaining baby spinach leaves to the medium bowl with the salad dressing. Toss to coat. TIP: If your frying pan isn't big enough, toss eveything together in the saucepan! Add a splash of the reserved cooking water if the sauce is too thick.
Divide the bacon and cheese fettuccine between bowls. Serve with the pear and spinach salad.