Pic of Pasta sauce with broad beans, mint and bacon

Pasta sauce with broad beans, mint and bacon

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Pasta sauce with broad beans, mint and bacon

Main Serves 4 20 min
Sweet broad beans, fresh mint and smoky bacon mingle spectacularly in this easy to make pasta sauce: just the ticket for a weeknight dinner. If you'd like to keep this vegetarian you could substitute the bacon with goat's cheese or just leave it out.


  • 500g broad beans
  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 140g streaky bacon, finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml double cream
  • 1 handful mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 15 min
  • Step 1

    Pod the broad beans and then blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes until tender. Set the beans to one side.
  • Step 2

    In a large pan, heat the butter or oil and gently cook the bacon until it starts to brown.
  • Step 3

    Next, add the crushed garlic to the pan and stir for one minute. If the garlic begins to brown, turn down the heat.
  • Step 4

    Pour in the cream, roughly chopped mint and broad beans. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Step 5

    Add grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. The sauce is best served with tagliatelle or penne.

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