Creamy Bacon & Mustard Penne

with Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

This Creamy Bacon & Mustard Penne with a Pear & Blue Cheese Salad is bursting full of flavours and makes for the perfect quick dinner night option.



Ready In:

20 minutes


823 kcal per serving

Good For:

1 of your 5 a day

With Pear & Blue Cheese Salad

Creamy Bacon & Mustard Penne

Per Serving:

Energy (kJ/kcal) – 3441/823

Fat (g) – 37

Sat. Fat (g) – 16

Carbohydrates (g) – 94

Sugars (g) – 20

Fiber (g) – 4

Protein (g) – 33

Cholesterol (mg) – 0

Salt (g) – 3


  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 Baby Gem Lettuce
  • 200g Penne
  • 1 Chicken Stock Powder
  • 40g Grated Hard Italian Style Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 Pear
  • 60g Bacon Lardons
  • 30g Wholegrain Mustard
  • 100g Crème Fraîche
  • 1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 200ml Water for the Sauce

Before you start, make sure to wash the veggies before you use them! You will also need some cooking tools, like a Saucepan, Garlic Press, Colander, Frying Pan, Wooden Spoon and a Measuring Jug.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Prep the Ingrediants

Start by brining a saucepan of water up to the boil and add ½ tsp of salt for the pasta. Then, peel and grate the garlic (or simply use a garlic press!).

Cut off the top and bottom from the pear trim it lengthways, then pop it into a medium-sized bowl.

Step 2: Cook the Pasta

Once the water is boiling you can add the penne and boil it until it’s tender (should take 12 minutes).

Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and drizzle some olive oil, then stir through to stop it from sticking together.

Step 3: Make the Sauce

While the pasta is cooking, put on a large frying pan with a sprinkle of oil on medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add the bacon lardons and cook them until brown (3-4 minutes). Then, add the shallot and cook until it’s soft (2-3 minutes).

Once the shallot is soft, add the garlic and stir for 1 minute. Then, add 200ml of water, the chicken stock powder and half of the mustard. Stir it well and bring to the boil.

Step 4: Finish the Sauce

Once the sauce is boiling, add half the hard Italian style cheese and crème fraîche and stir thoroughly. Bring the sauce to the boil again for 1-2 minutes, then add the cooked pasta.

Cook it for a further 1-2 minutes and stir through. You can season it with salt and pepper to your taste.

Step 5: Make the Salad

Start preparing the salad in a bowl by adding the baby leaves and and the pear. Then, add the honey, cider vinegar and the rest of the mustard. Mix in the oil and season it with salt and pepper to your taste.

Add in the blue cheese and toss the salad, then just set it aside for a bit.

Step 6: Serve the Dish

Serve up the pasta and top it off with the remaining hard Italian style cheese.

Add the salad in a separate bowl or on the side.

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