A marriage made in heaven. Quick, simple and deeply satisfying. Use streaky bacon or lardons, or even ham.

  • 350g linguine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (optional)
  • 150g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 75ml double cream
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Parmesan or Grana Padano shavings, to serve
  1. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, drain and toss with half the olive oil and 2 tablespoons cooking water. Set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and fry the bacon for 5 minutes until crisp. Add mushrooms and thyme and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add to the pasta with the peas and warm over a low heat. Add the cream and lemon juice and warm. Serve with the cheese shavings and season.