23 November 2009

Bacon Tomato Cheese Pasta

This is a bit of a rip-off from Rachael Ray, but it is so good I had to share. We've had this dish twice in the past month and it just doesn't get old!

Also... if you have a soft spot in your heart for the Pan-Geos line in the Great Hall, try this and tell me if it evokes fond memories. If you detested Pan-Geos... Marie, don't judge this recipe before you try it :)

Ingredients
1 lb. short-cut pasta (whole wheat pasta was good)
1 Tbsp. evoo
4 bacon slices, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
salt & pepper
1 c. chicken stock (or 1/2 c. stock, 1/2 c. white wine if you have some lying around)
1 pint grape tomatoes (I used sundried tomatoes once which was delicious)
1 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded or diced
Fresh herbs: some chopped chives or parsley or basil or all 3
1/2 c. grated parmesan

Method
1. Chop everything up... onion, garlic, herbs, bacon.

2. Make the pasta, reserving 1/2 c. of the pasta water before you drain it

3. Heat the evoo in a large skillet over med-hi heat. Now pay attention to all these minutes:
  • Cook bacon until crispy - 2-3 minutes.
  • Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken stock and pasta liquid; bring to a boil and simmer 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the pasta to the skillet and stir it all up for 1 more minute.

4. Remove from heat. Stir in the mozzarella, fresh herbs and parmesan. Taste to see if it needs any extra S&P (probably not) :) Serve with a simple salad dressed with vinaigrette.

3 comments:

Ang said...

yum...any good quinoa recipes Julia?

emilie said...

Sorry... like my mom says, Quinoa is nasty. :)

I have tried this one though - it's pretty good:

http://marthastewartliving.com/recipe/quinoa-pie-with-butternut-squash

Moira said...

So this cheesy bacony pasta dish made you think of BRU?!?
I must be liver... how sad.
;)