Saturday, April 30, 2016


Servings: 4-6

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed

1/3 cup diced onion
6 slices thick-cut peppered bacon, cut in thin 1-inch-long strips

2 cups tomato puree

1 cup water

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese

1 tablespoon julienned fresh basil leaves

On low heat, heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the garlic and sauté until aromatic, but not brown. Remove the garlic. Add the onion and cook over low heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Do not brown. Stir in the bacon. Raise the heat and cook until the bacon cooks through but does not crisp. Add the tomato purée and water. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer about 20 to 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens and reduces a little. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese and basil, and stir well. Makes enough for 1 pound pasta.

bacon recipe source: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (@WisconsinCheese), 8418 Excelsior Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53717

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