I seem to make a lot of meals where J turns at the end of them (or after the first mouthful) and says, "You're going to make this again, right?" I dutifully promise that I will, and then move on to the next recipe that I promise I'll make again.
This recipe is different. I want this again. Soon.
As always with recipes from Budget Bytes, there's tons of flavour and it uses things that are found in my pantry on a regular basis. While I enjoy making things that involve off beat things, it's nice to have somewhere to turn for recipes that I can make at the end of the week when I haven't been to the store in a while.
I buy the big packages of bacon here, and freeze the strips individually on waxed paper in a gallon ziploc. I would suggest this to anyone who knows that buying a package of bacon is a mistake because it will go bad before you use it, or you know that you'll be forced to eat way too much bacon in the name of "using it up". I used to be able to buy bacon by the slice at the butcher counter, and that's a great way to go too - except my butcher doesn't seem to be stocking it at the moment. So, freeze and use as needed is the way to go.
Bacon, pasta and cheese in a bowl. How could it be bad? With some spinach to make it healthy. Yup. Let's call this health food.
I present to you now Budget Bytes' Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan:
6 slices bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 small onion, chopped finely
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c chicken broth
1/2 lb penne pasta
5 oz package baby spinach
1/3 c Parmesan cheese, grated
1. In a skillet with a lid, cook bacon until crispy and brown. Drain on paper towels. Pour off most of the drippings from the pan before adding onion, garlic and pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant and the onion is soft.
2. Return bacon to the pan, along with the broth. Stir well, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Add pasta and cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, before lowering to a simmer. Stir every 5 minutes for 15 minutes, until pasta is cooked through.
3. Add spinach to the skillet and stir in to wilt. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
From Budget Bytes