Friday, April 04, 2008

Spicy Bacon Tomato Pasta

Every Tuesday is pasta night. I'm not sure why I set that routine but it just makes planning for my weekly meals alot easier.

Having since I discovered lean bacon, I have been indulging in it from time to time. I know the words "lean" and "bacon" doesn't go well together and you might even say that "lean bacon" is an oxymoron. Still, I went without bacon for 2 years before I discovered this one, so cut me some slack =)

I stay away from instant pasta sauce these days, opting to use fresh tomatoes and/or a can of the chopped variety. It hasn't failed me yet and I now declare "can tomatoes" along with "can chickpeas" as staples in the pantry cupboard.

As the weather gets colder, I crave for spicier food. I also realized that if I cook the bacon first, the tomato sauce absorb the lovely flavour that the bacon provides.

Spicy Bacon Tomato Pasta (serves 4)
100 grams of lean bacon chopped
1 onion chopped
1 tablespoon of garlic
2 fresh red chilies chopped
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 fresh tomato
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
italian mixed herbs
250 grams pasta of your choice.

1) Cook pasta according to directions.

2) Heat pan. Add bacon (w/o oil). Let it sizzle and cook till brown. Include in the onions, garlic and chili and cook till soft. Stir in can of tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and paste. Keep stirring. Add some stock/liquid if required. Sprinkle herbs and simmer for 10 -15 minutes. I like to mix my pasta up in the sauce to soak up the flavour before serving. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and cracked pepper if desired (although I heard that we shouldn't do this for tomato based pasta since it can be too strong for it).

This is my first entry for Pasta Presto Night! After seeing Tigerfish participating in this event, I have decided to do so as well! Yummy noodles recipe galore!


East Meets West Kitchen said...

Looks delish! I have been using alot of canned tomatoes for pasta sauce these days til summer comes my way. :)

Hazza said...

Nice! Pasta dishes are indeed rather magical where simple ingredients can be transformed into something that taste and looks so exquisite.

Cynthia said...

You've made exactly what I wanted to eat the other night but I did not have any bacon in the house :(

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yum! I like spicy pasta. Tonight I will be cooking pasta for dinner too!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I prefer canned diced tomatoes too. That and chickpeas are both pantry staples for me. I still occasionally use sauce though.

doggybloggy said...

I copy you all the time....I made mochi and it is so easy...thanks

Anonymous said...

anything with bacon is delicious in my book. :)

Oh for the love of food! said...

What a lovely Pasta dish, Daphne! I leave all the Pasta cooking to Ming - it's his Department. Maybe you two can exchange notes sometime.

Sorry Daphne, I can't seem to get on top of things lately, I'll have you over for some cake and coffee after my holiday xo

Big Boys Oven said...

oh I love you pasta as I had been having pasta on friday and today! ain't it good!

wmw said...

I like tomato based pasta as long as it's not the sourish kind. Believe it or not, IKEA's version is rather good!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Bacon always makes things better!

daphne said...

east meets west kitchen- me too!

hazza- =)I agree. Simple recipes are the best.

cynthia-hehe.. telepathic blogging world.

little corner-ohh.can't wait to see what u come up with.

wandering chopsticks-I try not to but there are times when I'm too lazy...

doggybloggy-saw the mochis! THey are beautiful!

threeforks ^5

carol- not a problem.=)

big boys oven- it's so versatile too!

wmw- IKEa has pasta??!?!

jessy- I agree!

tigerfish said...

I don't have a certain day of the week for pasta but I do it when I'm lazy and when I want a change from chinese cooking :D

Spicy tomato pasta - sound appetizing!

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