When I couldn’t sleep a few days back I went searching for a number of dishes I want to make. As a result, over the next several weeks you’ll enjoy the results of my evening with insomnia and it starts with this dish – Bacon and Tomato pasta.
For this adventure you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 16 ounces spaghetti pasta
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup red onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 4 tablespoons basil
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For my version I substituted Chili powder for the Red Pepper Flakes and also added dried Parsley.
You’ll have two things at once going on here, just be ready for it.
- Add 2 tablespoons kosher salt to a pot of boiling water, and the pasta and cook until tender
- In a large saute pan over medium heat, add bacon and saute until bacon is crispy.
- Remove bacon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate and remove 3/4 of the bacon fat from the pan.
- Add extra-virgin olive oil, onions, and red chili flakes. Cook until onions are translucent, add garlic, cook for 2 minutes then add tomatoes and saute for 5 minutes.
- Deglaze with wine.
- Drain pasta and add to the tomato mixture pan.
- Add basil and bacon.
- Toss with Parmesan, and add salt and pepper, to taste.
Your end result should look something like this…
Now here is the good new and the bad news.
The dish is good; however, the dish is NOT a main course. Seeing the effort time one needs to put into making the creation there is almost diminishing returns taking place.
Ok, on to the taste.
The wine, garlic and bacon mix perfectly. Add in the basil and there is a delicate addition to the dish that helps tie everything together. Yes, next time I make the dish, and I will make it again, I will give it a shot with the red pepper flakes. But was it stands it has the ability to add a little something to your meal.
Just remember, it’s not a main dish! it IS a main dish.
Tina made a version of the dish and enjoyed it!