Wednesday, July 23, 2008
--Spaghetti with Bacon, Onion, and Red Pepper
Spaghetti with Bacon, Onion, and Red Pepper
365 Ways to Cook Pasta Copyright 1988
4 slices bacon, cut into ¼-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, quartered and cut into thin lengthwise slices
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 jar (7 ounces) roasted peppers, rinsed, drained and cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons pitted and coarsely chopped imported black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or other herbs to taste (optional)
1 pound spaghetti I used Smart Taste which comes in a 14.5 ounce box and I held back some to serve to my son with sauce - it was still plenty
Coarsely ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese
1. Cook bacon in a medium skillet over low heat until lightly browned; drain off most of the fat. Add olive oil. Sauté onion over low heat until golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add the red peppers, olives and parsley or herbs, if using. Stir over medium heat 2 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, or firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Drain. Toss with the red pepper mixture. Sprinkle with black pepper. Serve with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.
I've been trying to work with what I have in the freezer. I had some bacon I picked up on clearance but it's hard to find relatively healthy recipes that use bacon but this one fit the bill. It doesn't use much bacon, I used Smart Taste pasta and it doesn't call for any cream or eggs. I wasn't sure how my husband would feel about it but he didn't leave me any leftovers .
This is a bargain, especially if you use regular pasta (the Smart Taste is a bit more expensive). It wasn't spectacular but like I said, there weren't any leftovers. I used Kalamata olives because that's what I have but I would have preferred a different olive. We don't have olive bars in our local grocery stores so my options are limited. Even the jarred olive selection is limited - green, black and Kalamata are all that I can get locally. Although I haven't checked out Wal-Mart's selection. Wal-Mart has been a surprisingly good source of rare (to this area) groceries.
Question of the Day: What is one of your favorite bargain recipes? I may have asked that before, but refresh my memory.