Sunday, June 08, 2014


makes eight servings

2 16 oz. packages bacon
1/2 cup bacon grease, from the bacon you're cooking
2 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 bunch chopped green onions
2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 16 oz. box/package capellini

Fry bacon in a large frying pan, making sure it’s cooked thoroughly but not too crispy. Drain cooked bacon on paper towels, but don’t throw away the grease in the pan! You want to reserve 1/2 cup bacon grease. Dump the rest of the bacon grease out, then put the skillet back on the stove without cleaning it. When the bacon is cool, use your fingers to tear it into small pieces. Set your cooked, crumbled bacon aside.

Open your tomato cans and dump them into a large bowl. Throw in the chopped fresh basil and stir. You want to be able to see the basil, distributed evenly in the tomatoes, so if you have to add more, you can. Set this bowl aside and let the flavors mingle while you do the next step.

Dice your garlic, and chop your green onions. Pour your 1/2 cup of bacon grease back into the skillet and heat it to medium. Throw in and saute your garlic and onions. When they’re getting a nice tan from the color of the bacon grease, add your bacon. On low heat, saute the bacon together with the garlic and onions for around ten minutes. When you start getting high from the smell in your kitchen, pour in the bowl of tomatoes and basil. Stir together really well, bring to a boil and then cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt if necessary.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, cook your pasta according the directions on the package. Drain noodles and set aside. Right before serving, in a very large bowl, add the bacon/tomato sauce to the noodles and mix well.

bacon recipe source: Amy Johnson, She Wears Many Hats; on Tasty Kitchen, August 2010

No comments: