Quick Main Pasta Dish for warmer weather
Hello Microsoft and Google people, please fix the ‘Live Writer’ program fast! Unable to post my blog since last week, ‘Copy and Paste’ approach is not so cool! I thought the smart people who work there can all straighten up the problem in the matter of couple hours but….really?
The temperature was pushing upper-80’s last weekend, we turn on the air-conditioning rather than endure…The month of May’s hasty departure, I wasn’t ready for…a basket full of clean clothing ready to be folded…three days ago…in my defense, visiting sick friends take priority. I hope they like this weather appropriate light meal…even though it doesn’t look pretty in a plastic container.
Ingredients and Instruction for 3-4 servings (Print Recipe Here)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar, white balsamic preferred if you have it.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 peppers, I used yellow, thinly sliced…to bring bright color in!
- 10 or more basil leaves thinly sliced
- 4 slices of thick cut bacon roughly chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
- Angel hair pasta, about 3 oz. per person
- Parmigiano reggiano cheese thinly shaved
- Make dressing - In a medium bowl vigorously whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Add tomato, pepper, basil (leave a little bit for garnish) and toss to coat. Chill it in the refrigerator until needed.
- Cook pasta my way - Lay the pasta (break in half if the pasta is too long) in large skillet and barely cover with cold water. Cook the pasta on medium heat, stirring occasionally so that pasta won’t stick together until al dente. Drain water through colander.Set aside.
- Heat the same pan on medium heat; sauté bacon until it renders the fat and begins to brown, add garlic and cook for a few minutes longer. Note: do not brown garlic. Turn off the heat.
- Bring the drained pasta back in the pan and combine with bacon and garlic.
- Divide pasta in 4 bowls. Top with chilled vegetables. Don’t forget to spoon over the dressing. Garnish with shaved cheese and basil. Salt and pepper to adjust flavor.
Arrangement #1: Add red pepper flakes (about 1/4 teaspoon) in the dressing for accent.
Arrangement #2 If you like lot more green then use salad green mix that comes in a bag.
From the TAPAS (#todaystapas) – Incredibly soft, light yogurt bread dough recipe from a Australian blogger Bake for Happy Kids…my husband made into cinnamon rolls…Fabulous! He took some to his office and got nice reviews…he will make more for the other critics/ foodies.
Although the temperature dropped 20 degrees yesterday, still no complaints here. My sincere prayers are with those affected by terrible weather…