Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Bacon & Veggie Spelt Penne

Although I am an extensive cook, there are days of the week that I simply want something fast with no fuss!
This nutritious pasta dish gave me just that. 
The kids were all out doing their own thing and it was just me and hubby.
This tasty delight came about with just a handful of veggies and bacon that I had in the house at the end of the week. 
This could easily translate into a dinner party favourite and it is inexpensive too.
I always make extra for lunch leftovers or for when the kids get the munchies later in the evening.
There is very little bacon in the dish imparting a great taste without all of the added fats.

3 strips bacon, sliced finely

100g snow peas, destring, chopped

1 onion, peeled, chopped

1/3  red pepper diced

1/2 cup chopped parsley

400g pkg spelt penne or any type pasta

2 tbsp EVOO

Parmesan cheese for sprinkling.

Place a large pot 3/4 full of water on high, bring to a boil.  Add 2-3 tsp salt to the water.

Tip the pasta into the boiling water, stir immediately to separate the pasta.  The water will stop boiling because the pasta will have cooled it off.  Allow it to come back to a boil, stirring. Reduce to #7 and continue cooking for another 7 minutes or until al dente (to the bite)*

Pour extra virgin olive oil into a preheated skillet.  Add the bacon, onion and cook on medium high heat stirring constantly, to crisp bacon.

Add remaining vegetables and continue cooking stirring regularly.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Cook until all vegetables are cooked approx. 5min.

Drain cooked pasta leaving 1/4cup of water in the pot.  Add the vegetables to the pot and stir.

Garnish with parmesan cheese.
*Spelt pasta is quite delicate and readily breaks before it becomes al dente....just be aware of that!
Serves 3-4
Enjoy with love!

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