Michelle's FreeFrom Fettuccine with Bacon and Mushrooms
Wheat, gluten, corn, nightshade, egg & nut free; can be dairy or soya free

This is a fairly classic pasta dish that can work well with alternative ‘creams’ as the flavours of the bacon and mushrooms are quite strong. You need to use some of the pasta water to ‘let down’ the sauce and prevent it being either too thick or too rich.

1 tbsp olive oil
6 rashers of smoked back bacon, cut into small squares
3 tbsp goat or cow butter or 3 tbsp olive oil
450g / 1lb mushrooms – whatever variety or combination of varieties that you fancy – sliced
500ml / 17fl oz thick cream – cow’s, goat’s, soya or oat

600-1200g / 1lb 5oz - 2lb 10oz fettuccine – gluten/wheat free or not depending on your diet.
NB Some gluten-free pastas (such as the Juvela pasta that we used) do not swell nearly as much as regular wheat based pasta so you will need up to twice as much dry weight.
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
fresh parmesan or grated soya ‘parmesan’ (optional)

Heat the oil in wide pan and add the squares of bacon.
Fry gently for 4-5 minutes or until the bacon is lightly browned and crisped on all sides.
Add the extra oil or butter and the sliced mushrooms and cook briskly for 3-4 minutes or until the mushrooms are giving their liquid.
Add the cream and stir well. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Add the pasta boil briskly for 4-12 minutes, depending on the pasta.
Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water to ‘let down’ the sauce.
Turn the pasta into a large bowl or individual plates.
Add pasta water to the sauce until you are happy with the texture, pour over the pasta and serve at once with the grated parmesan, if you are using it, extra freshly ground black pepper and a large green salad.

Serves 6 - per portion
890cals - 19g protein
19g total fat - 34g sat / 16g mono / 3.5g poly
78g carbohydrate of which 4g sugar
4g fibre - 474mg sodium / 1.2g salt
73mg calcium

Good Source of: Vitamins B1, B12, calcium, magnesium

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