Spaghetti with broad beans, bacon, breadcrumbs and parmesan

November 17, 2008 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)

It makes a change to have pasta without sauce. This peasantstyle spaghetti dish uses olive oil as the lubricant. Crispy bacon bits, broad beans and breadcrumbs work well with the strings of pasta.

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Spaghetti with broad beans, bacon, breadcrumbs and parmesan

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 40 mins


  • slices thick white bread, crusts removed
  • 500g spaghetti
  • a large knob of butter
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil, plus extra for moistening
  • 250g streaky bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g broad beans
  • 60ml (¼ cup) fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • shaved Parmesan, to serve



In a food processor, process the bread to form rough crumbs and set aside.


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente.


In the meantime, melt the butter and olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the bacon until golden and crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan and set aside on paper towel.


Add a bit more butter to the bacon fat in the pan, and fry the breadcrumbs and garlic until the crumbs are golden and crispy.


In a separate pot, blanch the broad beans and shell. Set aside.


Drain the pasta and toss it with the crumbs, bacon and beans. Add the parsley and a slug of olive oil. Serve immediately topped with Parmesan shavings.


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