Pappardelle Leeks and Bacon

Pappardelle Leeks and Bacon

What’s better than a big old plate of warm, flavorful pasta? How about going back for seconds? This easy Pappardelle Pasta with Leeks and Bacon will have you doing just that.

A vertical closeup image of papparadelle pasta on a white plate with leeks, bacon and a fork.

This easy pappardelle pasta recipe is so good and so easy that I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself!

I found this recipe in the February 2013 issue of Bon Appétit magazine as I was paging through my huge pile of food magazines trying to whittle down the stack into something manageable. Ha! Like that will ever happen.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button above to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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The ingredient list:

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The beautiful leek:

Every time I cook with leeks I’m reminded why I love them so much!

Leeks are a truly fascinating vegetable. Visually they look like very much like scallions, but on steroids.

When you slice a leek in half, and you’ll see layers upon layers of oniony goodness.

They really are quite beautiful and cooking with them will elevate your everyday dishes to something very special.

What does a leek taste like?

Leeks are members of the allium family.

Allium means “garlic” in Latin but the allium family also contains onions, shallots, chives, and scallions (green onions).

Leeks have a mild onion-like flavor and they tend to be sweeter and milder in flavor than their smaller counterpart, the scallion.

Cleaning leeks:

The one thing you do have to be aware of when you’re cooking with leeks, however, is that you need to make sure to clean them properly.

It is because of all those wonderful layers of flavors that sometimes a bit of dirt and grit can get trapped inside.

Always make it a practice to soak cut leeks in a bowl or sink full of water so that the dirt and grit have an opportunity to fall away and not end up in your completed dish.

It only takes an extra couple of minutes to do, but doing so is a must!

How to properly clean leeks:


How long does it take to make this easy pappardelle pasta recipe?

Less than 30 minutes from start to dinner.

Pappardelle with leeks and bacon is definitely a company-worthy recipe and yet it’s something you could easily whip together on any random Tuesday night for a quick family-friendly meal.

Can other pasta be used in place of the pappardelle?

Sure! Use whatever pasta is your favorite.

How to make easy pappardelle with leeks and bacon:

  • In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon until just shy of crisp.
  • Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the skillet.
  • Prepare the leeks by cutting off the root end and most of the deep green stalks.
  • Slice the white and light green part in half and soak in cold water to release the dirt and grit.
  • Splay the layers with your fingers to make sure you’ve cleaned them properly.
  • Drain thoroughly and cut into thin slices.
  • Sauté the leeks in the same pan as the bacon, making sure you’ve drained all but approximately 1 tablespoon of fat.
  • Add butter and season with dried thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Add in the cooked bacon, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese (photo not shown).
  • Meanwhile, cook the pappardelle just shy of the package directions.
  • Drain the pasta, add olive oil and stir in the leek and cream mixture.
  • Toss and serve.
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy pasta dinner of pappardelle with leeks and bacon.

Yield: 6 servings

Pappardelle Pasta with Leeks and Bacon

Pappardelle Pasta with Leeks and Bacon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ½ pound of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled. Reserving 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 medium leeks (white and light green parts only) cleaned and thinly sliced.
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound dried pappardelle pasta (or favorite variety dried pasta), cooked according to package directions and drained, but reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


    1. In the same large skillet in which the bacon was cooked, saute the sliced leeks in the butter and the reserved bacon grease over medium heat.
    2. Stir in the salt, pepper, thyme, and cooked bacon.
    3. Stir in the heavy cream and the Parmesan cheese. Simmer on low for approximately 5 minutes.
    4. Drain the pasta and gently stir in the 2 tablespoons oil.
    5. Add the leek and cream mixture into the pasta and toss to coat.
    6. Stir in ¼ to ½ cup of the reserved pasta cooking water, if desired, to form a sauce.
    7. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1¼ cups

Amount Per Serving Calories 608Total Fat 45gSaturated Fat 21gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 140mgSodium 1240mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 24g

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  1. Can we say comfort food?! I could use a BIG bowl of this right now. 🙂

  2. We love leeks – and with bacon – AND fresh pappardelle? This sounds heavenly!

  3. This pasta combo looks delicious and made me instantly hungry. If you can believe this, I have a hard time finding pappardelle. But Trader Joe's to the rescue. They have it, I bought it and I now know how I'm going to use it. Thanks for the recipe Renee.

  4. i love leeks! I've made the mistake of not cleaning them well enough before… and it's one I'll never make again.This recipe looks really yummy!

  5. Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez

    I love how big and fat papparedelle is…I only wish I could ever find it around here. This dish sounds fantastic, like true comfort food – bacon and leeks (or onion in any form) is a magical combination!

  6. Angie Barrett

    Is there anything better than a HUGE plate of Pasta? Nope, not a thing! Oh wait.. maybe two plates of this! I don't cook with leeks much but I need to!

  7. I adore leeks. This looks so comforting!

  8. I totally get you about the magazine overload, as soon as I give some away I have more I forgot to look at! Love leeks, looks great!

  9. Back for Seconds

    Why do I never cook with leeks? I love them! This looks delish!

  10. foody schmoody

    As soon as I saw the title of this recipe I thought "oh, yeah, leeks, why don't I use those more" and then I read that you said the same thing. They are the forgotten aren't they? This recipe looks great!

  11. Ginny McMeans

    I just love your leeks lesson. All the way to the final cutting and sauteeing. Of, course, your PAPPARDELLE dish looks delicious.

  12. Kellie Hemmerly

    Bacon and leeks together are the best! I love that you put it all on pasta…it's calling to me.

  13. Nancy Piran

    We are big pasta eaters in our house! This looks delicious!

  14. Pappardelle is my favorite pasta! Plus you threw in bacon and leeks….how delicious!

  15. Leeks and bacon….what a great combo. Pappardelle… I've never had the pleasure! I think I'll give it a try asap!

  16. Amanda Tynis

    I'm a big pasta fan! And I love the addition of leeks! I could go for a big plate of this now!

  17. Savory Experiments

    Pappardelle is one of those pastas that I love eating, but always forget about it. The whole dish looks amazing!

  18. Jessica Formicola

    My family loves leeks, and eeeeveryone loves bacon so I can’t wait to make this! It’s sure to become a family favorite!

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