31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 24

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Today’s post is: Share your favourite recipe.

Aw yis. Sit down and buckle up, folks, because here’s how to make the easiest and best bacon-based pasta dish ever.

You will need:

  • One pack Denhay dry cured streaky unsmoked bacon (you have to use this one. All other bacons are inferior – not sponsored, I just love Denhay bacon)
  • One onion, sliced
  • About half a mug-full of frozen peas
  • Pasta of your choice – my personal favourite, and the one I think works best for this dish, is the Rummo-brand Radiatore pasta

Utensils:

  • Frying pan large enough to lay the bacon flat in
  • Saucepan to boil the pasta
  • A bowl to eat it out of
  • A wooden spoon or spatula

Method:

  • Take your frying pan. Lay the bacon strips in it. You don’t need any extra oil or butter, the bacon will fry in its own fat. And this is important, you need this bacon fat.
  • Heat the bacon-filled pan on medium heat. While this is cooking, get your pasta going – Rummo radiatore takes 12 minutes to boil. The pasta is your timer.
  • After about six to eight minutes, the bacon should be done. Cook it to your liking – I like it very crispy.
  • Remove bacon from frying pan and set on paper towel to drain. Do not get rid of all the bacon fat in the pan – drain some of it off until there is a thin coating of it on the base of the frying pan.
  • Put your sliced onion in the bacon fat and fry until golden.
  • Add the frozen peas to the onion and stir – you’re only heating the peas through, they don’t need to be ‘cooked’ as such.
  • While this is happening, chop up your bacon.
  • Add the chopped bacon back to the frying pan.
  • The pasta should be done by now. Drain it, and dump the pasta in the frying pan with the bacon, peas and onions.
  • Stir until everything is mixed together.
  • Serve and eat with a grin on your face because it’s gorgeous.

You can make a variation on this recipe by using any kind of vegetarian or vegan bacon – it does work, but you’ll need to cook it in oil and then you lose the bacon hit of flavour that you get on the pasta and onions because they get coated in the bacon fat.

Another spin on this is to whip up a quick cheese sauce and mix the bacon, onion and peas with that before you add the pasta. This works best on a freezing cold winters evening when you can’t feel your feet after having walked back from the station in the snow.

This is a super easy dish. It’s a quick supper in about fifteen minutes or so – the most work is chopping the onion! Give it a try and let me know what you think. This also reheats well, so if you make too much, this is good leftovers for lunch the next day.

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