THE BEST COMFORT FOOD … PENNE WITH BACON AND TOMATOE SAUCE

This really is comfort food at it’s very best.     It’s easy to make.   One generally has all the ingredients in the kitchen.    You combine the simple flavours of a great tomato sauce with irresistible bacon.    You can use any type of pasta and any type of canned tomatoes.  But to really enjoy this dish try and make it with the best quality bacon you can find, and canned tomatoes from Italy.     For a decadent treat and a richer flavour, you can leave all of the bacon fat in the pot.  If you don’t have any fresh herbs, l teaspoon of dried oregano or thyme will work well too.    This is a  reputation-making pasta dish, and I am so happy to share it with you.

TOMATO AND BACON SAUCE WITH PENNE  this recipe serves 4 hungry souls

1/2 pound bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped finely

red pepper flakes ( 1/4 to 1/2 tsp or more depending on hot spicy you want your sauce)

4 fat clove of garlic, thinly sliced

1 large can (28 oz) of Italian whole peeled tomatoes crushed (you can mush them down as they cook)

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, minced

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 box (600 g) penne

Brown the chopped bacon in a large saucepan.   Remove the bacon and sit aside.  Remove all but two tablespoon of bacon fat.  Save for another use.

To the same pan add onion and sprinkle with salt and a little crushed red peppers (to your taste).  Sauté until the onions soften and begin to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes.  Add garlic and continue to sauté for a few more minutes.  Pour in tomatoes and smoosh them a little more if needed.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Simmer partially covered for about an hour.

Put a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil.  Add a liberal amount of salt (should taste like sea water) and when it comes back to a rolling boil, add pasta.  It is done when just tender to the bite.   6-9 minutes.   Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.

Add pasta to the finished sauce, adjust seasoning, toss and top each serving with generous amounts of parmigiano-reggiano.

Chef’s note:  you may use l box (600 g) of farfelle or spaghetti pasta

THE BEST COMFORT FOOD ... TOMATO BACON SAUCE WITH PENNE
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This really is comfort food at it's very best. It's easy to make. One generally has all the ingredients in the kitchen. You combine the simple flavours of a great tomato sauce with irresistible bacon.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • red pepper flakes ( ¼ to ½ tsp or more depending on hot spicy you want your sauce)
  • 4 fat clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large can (28 oz) of Italian whole peeled tomatoes crushed (you can mush them down as they cook)
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 box (600 g) penne
Instructions
  1. Brown the chopped bacon in a large saucepan. Remove the bacon and sit aside.
  2. Remove all but two tablespoons of bacon fat.
  3. Add onion and sprinkle with salt and a little crushed red peppers (to your taste). Sauté until the onions soften and begin to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Pour in tomatoes and smoosh them a little more if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Simmer partially covered for about an hour.
  4. Put a large pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Add a liberal amount of salt (should taste like sea water) and when it comes back to a rolling boil, add pasta. It is done when just tender to the bite. 6-9 minutes. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.
  5. Add pasta to the finished sauce, adjust seasoning, toss and top each serving with generous amounts of parmigiano-reggiano.
Notes
Chef's note: you may use l box (600 g) of farfelle or spaghetti pasta

 

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