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Eating with the seasons is definitely the way to get the maximum taste and nutrition. Even in our supermarket-controlled food chain, it also saves money. So this month there’s plenty to like about leeks.

Stuffed with vitamins, anti-oxidants and dietary fibre, leeks keep well in the fridge and are a great source of fresh nutrition at this rather dull time of year.

They work well in a stir-fry as they cook up quickly, in the same way as the onions to which they are closely related.

If you fancy something a bit more in the ‘comfort food’ category, try this flavoursome pasta dish. The sauce is very easy to make and quantities don’t need to be too precise. If you prefer, it can be substituted with a ready-made version.

This quantity will serve 4 hearty appetites.

Vegetarian? Replace the bacon with garden peas or another vegetable of your choice. Cook these separately with the pasta, adding towards the end of the pasta cooking time.


4 leeks

Olive oil

500 grams pasta

4 rashers bacon, chopped into small pieces

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon cornflour

500ml of milk

½ teaspoon nutmeg

Lemon zest (To do this, scrub the lemon if waxed, then use a grater). Lemon juice is an alternative.

Optional – grated cheese for serving (Parmesan works well)


  1. Boil the kettle, and start the pasta cooking. Add a little salt to help it cook quicker.
  2. Chop the leeks into pieces about 1cm long. Then give them another rinse in a colander to get rid of the last bits of soil.
  3. Fry up the bacon and leeks in the olive oil until the bacon is crispy and the leeks are softened.
  4. In a separate pan, melt the butter. Add the cornflour and cook to a paste for one minute.
  5. Remove from heat and gradually stir in the milk. Return to heat and keep stirring as the sauce thickens.
  6. When the sauce is ready, stir in the leeks and bacon. Add the nutmeg and lemon zest (or juice), and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another couple of minutes.
  7. Drain the pasta and place on serving plates. Top with the sauce and enjoy.


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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.