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Creamy Pancetta Linguine with Le Petit Ballon Wine Club | Recipe

January 17, 2018

Welcome to January. The post Christmas blues are probably still rolling around. So why not cheer yourself up in a couple of ways… You could join the Le Petit Ballon Wine Club AND you could cook yourself my delicious Creamy Pancetta Linguine. I promise smiles all round after!

The Le Petit Ballon wine club (from £24.90 per month) includes 2 bottles of wine selected by their master sommelier, tasting notes, information on how to serve the wine and food suggestions. The wine club also includes the monthly gazette. A wine magazine with articles on wine producers, wine tips and special features. Joining the wine club also includes access to discounts on all single bottles of wine in the online store, access to exclusive flash sales and tasting videos. Continue on to discover what we got in our December wine box and the recipe for the Creamy Pancetta Linguine I made to go with…

Le Petit Ballon Wine Subscription - Red Wine

Bindi Sergardi – Chianti

Ok I won’t lie, this red wine was opened one Saturday night shortly after receiving it and it did not last long. It had been a long week and we’d finished our Christmas shopping. It was the perfect reward. Dr W and I are already a huge fan of Sangiovese, so this was a huge hit for us. Fruity and moreish, it was the perfect evening drink. But you could serve with a lamb dish or cubes of gorgonzola if you prefer food with your wine.

Creamy Pancetta Linguine in a Bowl with Chardonnay

Creamy Pancetta Linguine in a Pan

Creamy Pancetta Linguine

An easy pasta dish, that is delicious and goes well with a glass of crisp white wine.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author MissPond


  • A pack of pancetta chopped roughly
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 2 heaped tbsp mascarpone
  • Black pepper
  • Enough dried linguine for 2 people we are pasta addict so lots
  • Hold back half a cup of pasta cooking water


  1. Get the pasta cooking in salty water as per instructions. Prep the ingredients for the rest of the dish.
  2. Fry the onion in a little oil on a medium heat, adding a few splashes of cooking water here and there, this helps soften it.
  3. Add in the garlic and pancetta and fry a little longer. Turn the heat down if this cooks before your pasta is done.
  4. Reserve half a cup of the cooking water when draining the pasta.
  5. Turn the heat up again, pour in the reserved water and get it sizzling. Add in the mascarpone and turn off the heat. Add the pasta in and stir until well combined.
  6. Cover with lots of black pepper.
  7. Serve up with a glass of wine on the side. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This is easily scaled up.
I served with some roasted courgette on the side.

Le Petit Ballon - Chardonnay with Creamy Pancetta Linguine in a Bowl

Chateau des Bois – Chardonnay

On a separate evening altogether, I served up my Creamy Pancetta Linguine. Which I served with this fruity chardonnay. Not necessarily the matched food pairing for this wine, but we think it really worked. It was an absolutely delicious wine, another fruity one. But quite crisp when served cold.

Le Petit Ballon Chardonnay and Recipe

We really enjoyed the pickings in our Le Petit Ballon box. It’s such a great idea and you can even give someone the subscription as a gift.

What do you think of Le Petit Ballon? Would you make my Creamy Pancetta Linguine? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. I received my Le Petit Ballon in return for an honest review and recipe! As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own. You can read my last recipe I worked on with them – Tomato and Cheese Crusted Cod.


  • Reply Chloe January 20, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I don’t think you can go wrong with a creamy pasta dish!


    • Reply MissPond January 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      It really is such a wonderfully comforting meal 🙂

  • Reply Vicky Glass January 18, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I absolutely love linguine – there must be something psychological about the shape of pasta as the same dish with Penne for example just isn’t’ the same hahaha

    • Reply MissPond January 22, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      I totally agree 🙂 I love tagliatelle too!

  • Reply Emma January 18, 2018 at 10:45 am

    The pasta looks amazing – I’ll have to try it out. I love the sound of a fruity chardonnay too. I’m currently in the middle of university assignments so coming home to a meal like this would be the perfect way to unwind! x

    • Reply MissPond January 22, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Oooh definitely, this kind of meal is the ultimate comfort food after a long day 🙂

  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Oh a wine club sounds so fancy! I love the idea of this, and two bottles a month would be a nice pace too! Very intrigued! The linguine looks and sounds delcious, straight on my to-try list! I am all about the comfort food right now with this miserable weather and this just looks like a hug waiting to happen!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Reply MissPond January 22, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      It is rather fancy isn’t it?! Hope you enjoy the linguine if you give it a go, it really is the ultimate comfort food x

  • Reply Matt January 17, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    This looks delicious! Anything with pancetta in is a good idea in my book!

    Matt | It’s Matt Thompson

    • Reply MissPond January 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you – it was totally delicious 🙂

  • Reply Sophie January 17, 2018 at 8:45 am

    this looks lovely! I’m on Veganuary, but I have saved this to try in Jan. Carbonara is my boyfriend’s favourite dinner and this is similar so I think he will love it… x

    • Reply MissPond January 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I’ve seen plenty of vegan carbonara recipes floating about!

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