Zucchini, Leek, Bacon & Cherry Tomato Pasta


Eating healthy doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. This absolutely delicious meal has only a few ingredients and was made in the time it took to cook the pasta.

My husband has joined my gluten free diet which is making it so much easier, and we have also cut out all sugar. He is feeling I much better already. I had a feeling for a while that he was reacting to gluten, his stomach was getting so bloated, within days it was noticeably reduced, and he’s lost 7kg in a couple of weeks.
Sugar was way easier to give up than I expected, the thought of it was worse, I haven’t had any cravings, and I’m not even tempted by sweet stuff, which is great. It’s amazing how much better everything tastes when you give up sugar!
 I’ve started getting these wonderful bags of produce delivered each Friday from Foragers & Co. It’s all locally sourced from farms in the Sydney region, and picked just days before it arrives. The fruit, veg & herbs are bursting with flavour, I even like tomatoes now, never really liked them before.

It’s also made me enjoy cooking again. Feels a bit like a Masterchef mystery box challenge, getting a bag of produce and then coming up with meals for the week.

Suitable for: gluten, dairy, egg, sugar free  Serves 4 

1 340g (12oz) packet pasta, I use Schar Fusilli Gluten Free Pasta

2 large zucchini, thinly sliced

1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved

1 leek, thinly sliced

200g speck or bacon, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

A few good glugs of good olive oil

Sprinkle of chilli flakes to taste

Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add a glug of olive oil, then add pasta, and cook as per packet directions, and then drain water.
  2. In a large saucepan, over a medium heat on the stovetop, add some olive oil. When hot, add the speck of bacon and cook until browned. Add the zucchini, garlic & leek and cook until softened.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the cooked pasta to the saucepan, with another glug of olive oil if needed, some chilli flakes & salt & pepper. Stir until tomatoes are slightly softened.
  4. Can serve with some parsley, Parmesan cheese or just on its own. Enjoy!

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