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Easy weekday pasta dinner

on November 4, 2010

I found this recipe because I had some bacon and broccoli in the fridge and wanted something quick.  The recipe that inspired me was on but it was so boring, I had to instantly make it more interesting!  It is quick, tasty and perfect for a weekday dinner, especially for after a gym workout.

The recipe suggested it’s a good way of getting kids to eat greens, and I think that as you’re using passata rather than chopped tomatoes it would go down well with kids (not having any of my own, I wouldn’t actually know!).  Anyone that’s got them and tries this on them – let me know.

You could also add a chopped red chilli to it with the garlic if you wanted something spicier, or you could also use chilli oil instead of olive oil.  I think it would also work just as well with spicy sausage like pepperoni or chorizo.  Or even prawns.

Bacon and Broccoli pasta

Serves 2

150g pasta shapes (any will do – I used penne)

250g broccoli florets

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion chopped

100g (or about 3 rashers) bacon (of any sort) chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

handful of fresh basil or parsley chopped

150ml passata

50g (or a heaped tablespoon) mascapone cheese (or cream cheese – can us low fat if you want)

30g parmesan (optional) to serve – omit if dieting

salt & pepper to taste

  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.  About 3 minutes before it’s ready add the broccoli florets to the boiling water.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, the oil in a pan and fry the onion on a low heat until softened, then add the garlic and fry for a further minute.
  3. Add the bacon to the pan, turn up the heat to medium and fry until crispy.
  4. Stir the fresh herbs into the bacon mix and then add the passata and cheese.  Stir until combined and of a saucy consistency.
  5. Add the pasta and broccoli to the pan, mix well
  6. Serve in bowls with the grated parmesan on top.
  7. Enjoy the warm tasty creaminess!

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