Bacon and Spinach Pasta

Whenever I think of pasta dishes, I often forget bacon even exists and go right for sausage (except for carbonara). Except this time. The use of the bacon grease adds a ton of flavour. I just wish I waited to take a picture when the cheese was more melted.

  • Servings: 5-serving
  • Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Whenever I think of pasta dishes, I often forget bacon even exists and go right for sausage (except for carbonara). Except this time. The use of the bacon grease adds a ton of flavour. I just wish I waited to take a picture when the cheese was more melted.

Summary

  • Course: entrée
  • Cooking Time: 35 mins

Ingredients

1/2 lb Bacon
1 Onion , diced
1/4 lb Mushrooms , sliced
2 Cups Chicken Broth
1 14.5 oz White Beans , rinsed and drained Cans
1/2 lb Penne (or any pasta)
1/4 lb Spinach
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese , grated
to taste Red Pepper Flakes

Steps

  1. Cut the bacon into places and saute in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Discard the bacon grease, reserving 1 tablespoon.
  3. Add the reserved bacon grease, onion, and mushrooms to the skillet. Stir to scrape some of the bacon pieces off the bottom.
  4. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent (about 3 minutes).
  5. Add the chicken broth and stir to get more of the bacon off the bottom.
  6. Stir in the pasta and beans. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and cover.
  8. Cook for 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender and most of the broth is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
  9. Once the past is tender, stir in the spinach until it is wilted (about 3 – 4 minutes).
  10. Top with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve hot

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