Tagliatelle with creamy pesto leeks and mushrooms (a Sacla recipe)

Tagliatelle with creamy pesto leeks and mushrooms

Mush-troom! – Miss J, 2

In a quest to spice up our mealtimes, we’ve been working our way through Sacla’s Big Book of Pesto (RRP £14.99) which contains over 70 great recipes, cleverly incorporating Sacla’s range of pestos, sauces and antipasti jars. It’s full of creative meal ideas, from snacks, to quick lunches, to winter warmers and grilled goodies.


The dish we made from the Sacla Big Book of Pesto today is tagliatelle with gently fried chestnut mushrooms and leek in a crème fraîche and green pesto sauce. Delicious!

Here’s what to do. It makes 2 generous portions of 3-4 modest ones.


  • 200g dried tagliatelle
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large leek, finely sliced
  • 150g crème fraîche
  • 100g classic basil pesto (Sacla Organic Basil Pesto is suitable for vegetarians)
  • fresh Parmesan to serve


  1. In a large pan of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain well, reserving a few spoonfuls of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and toss around in the hot pan for a couple of minutes, until they start to brown. Stir in the leek and lower the heat to medium. Cook gently for about 5 minutes, until sweet and soft.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the mushrooms and leek, and stir together with the crème fraîche, pesto and a couple of tablespoons of the pasta cooking water. Serve, scattered with parsley and plenty of Parmesan.

Let me know if you try it!

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Disclosure: we were sent Sacla’s Big Book of Pesto for review. The recipe is reproduced with kind permission from the publishers. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest. 

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  1. says

    Hi Emily, I just wanted to stop by and thank you for pinning my recipe the other week. I can’t remember when it was; for some fool reason I decided that I absolutely must decorate the hallway and bathroom before Christmas and I’ve been snowed under doing that as well as cooking, gift wrapping, card writing etc for Christmas. I think my husband is considering having me sectioned and, you know what, I genuinely don’t think I could put up an argument against it!
    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you as I’ve had so many referrals through it. You’re like a blogging guru!
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  2. says

    Looks utterly delicious! I have little bags of parsley pesto in the freezer (I know I sound like a very W.I. country Mum but I did have a parsley glut and pesto is such a fab way of getting my 6 year old daughter to scoff lots of greens) that would be great in this. Love roasted chestnut mushrooms with garlic with pasta pesto but the creaminess of this definitely appeals.