Anything Goes

My last recipe post seemed to be quite popular and especially after the lovely Victoria from Lily Loves Lola mentioned it. So I thought I'd share another favourite pasta dish of mine and see what you think...

Mum taught me how to make a variation of this way back when I was at uni... It has changed a lot over the years with taste and what I have in the fridge/cupboard at the time. Hence the name...


- Put the kettle on and get a pan ready for your pasta

- Chop up your bacon and throw it into a frying pan on a medium heat with a little glug of oil and your chopped garlic. After a minute or 2 you can pop in your peppers and mushrooms... they can all sizzle for a few minutes until slightly coloured. I personally like the peppers with a bit of crunch still and the bacon evenly done... not cremated. Totally up to you. Just make sure you don't burn the garlic as it'll taste really bitter. 

- Put your pasta on. The dried penne I used takes about 10 mins so works out pretty well for timings... Obviously if you want to used fresh then put it on the heat a bit later...

When I made this I had a bottle of white wine that happened to be open, so I put in about 100ml along with about half a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard. Again, this is up to you, if you don't want to, don't put it in... you could substitute the wine for Cider (which also works well) or just leave both out altogether.

Once the wine (if you've used it) has reduced down then you can add the cream. I'm not going to give you measurements as it's just a case of personal taste. I like it quite creamy and put the thoughts of calories to the back of my mind. 

- Season with some black pepper... I tend to not add any salt in as the bacon is naturally quite salty and I always put a bit in with the cooking pasta.

- Drain off your pasta but keep a teeny bit of the starchy water. Mix both into the creamy sauce... let it all heat through and you're ready to get munching...

It doesn't take long at all and it's so versatile you can pop anything in. A really nice addition are a few  cherry tomatoes as they add a little sweetness... mum often uses homegrown courgettes and instead of wine and mustard she adds a few fennel seeds. If you're a veggie then leave out the bacon... or if you like an extra meaty dish then you could use up that left over roast chicken. There are lots of possibilities so I hope it's given you some ideas.

Let me know if you make it and if you do, what will you add?


  1. That looks yummy !


    1. Thanks Natasha, you should give it a go! x

  2. I always find there's something very comforting about a dish like this. Oh so easy to cook, but delivering every time when it comes to eating. And the creaminess is just right for winter nights.

    1. Definitely, it always delivers on taste and comfort! x

  3. This looks so tasty! I think I might have to give it a go sometime this week, it looks like the perfect comfort food.

    Sophs xx

    The Sopho Diaries

    1. Thanks Sophie! Give it a try, perfect comfort food for a cosy night in x

  4. My mom told me exactly the same thing before I left for Bristol uni, but I forgot my recipe book and ruined it after putting pasta directly on to the stir fry (I know, pampered brat didn't know). So a friend and flatmate showed me how. I love it - have used a range of ingredients, from leeks and corn to just pepper, and, on one mad night, chopped hardboiled egg. I sometimes skive off the cream and add pesto sauce though!
    My Beauty Junction

  5. My boyfriends mum cooked me an anything goes pasta once, and it was so nice I blew about 3 months worth of dieting on about 6kg of carb. It was delicious!

    I will definitely be giving this a go myself, yum!

    Hope you are well, take care love :) xx

    1. Haha yeah it's pretty carbtastic!

      Yes I'm good thanks just so busy the past few weeks I've kinda forgotten about this little space on the net. This must change! Just seen some of your recent recipes, I'm actually dribbling at my desk...! xx


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