Bacon & Cabbage Pasta

I first cooked this dish at university. It was originally a recipe from Jamie Oliver, at that time he was only on his second recipe book and my housemate Jenny and I loved to cook things from his new TV show. Since then I’ve cooked this recipe so many times that I can’t remember the original and I’m sure I use different ingredients, however it is as delicious as ever and gets my 2 year old eating cabbage! The first time I cooked this for my husband he seemed a bit unsure about eating cabbage with pasta, but once he heard about the smoked bacon, cream cheese and white wine he was open to try it. Now this is a family favourite, especially as it only takes 15 minutes to make. Try it, it is a real winner.

Serves 2 (and a toddler):


  • 150g pasta (fettucine/spaghetti)
  • olive oil
  • 3 rashes smoked bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 150g savoy cabbage sliced thinly
  • 1 glass white wine (optional, otherwise use water)
  • 100g cream cheese
  • handful finely chopped rosemary
  • pinch black pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on packet.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a saucepan, add bacon, garlic and oregano, stir and cook for a few minutes until bacon is starting to crisp.
  3. Add savoy cabbage and wine (or water) stir, turn heat to lowest setting and place a lid on the pan. Leave the cabbage to cook/sweat until pasta is cooked.
  4. Drain pasta, keeping back about 1 tbsp of the cooking water.
  5. Add pasta and water in with the cabbage and bacon, spoon in cream cheese and stir until it has coated pasta.
  6. Sprinkle over rosemary and pepper before serving.
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One Response to Bacon & Cabbage Pasta

  1. jen says:

    Love this! and I still make it fairly regularly. I’ve actually planned it for tomorrow’s dinner, but have greens rather than cabbage, also I tend to use cubed cheddar rather than cream cheese and just melt it in at the end with the pasta water.

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