I’ve discussed this before on multiple occasions, but I’ll say it again. Sometimes you just need to indulge in some good pasta, and hey, why the heck not throw some double smoked bacon in there while your at it!?
This is a sort of play on a Carbonara sauce – but really only because of the bacon. It’s much lighter and definitely fresher so you don’t feel like a faux pas having pasta at the beginning of summer. The pops of grape tomatoes and bright pea shoots elevate the dish without weighing you down.
Red Carbonara Pasta
- 1/2 cup double smoked bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 pint grape tomatoes (~ 2 cups)
- 1 pint pea shoots (~ 2 cups), plus extra for a fresh garnish
- gluten-free spaghetti, cooked to al dente
- feta cheese, for garnish
In a large saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat. When hot toss in the bacon and render for 4 – 5 minutes, or just until it starts to become crispy. Add in the onions and garlic and saute until translucent and fragrant, approximately 3 – 4 minutes.
At this point you will find lots of crispy brown bits sticking to the bottom of the pan – add in about a 1/2 cup of water, and scrape up those bits. Add in the tomatoes and simmer until the tomatoes are blistered and easily squishable (approx. 4 minutes). Then begin to do just that…. squish some tomatoes – just so they burst, and add flavour to the sauce. Taste and season with lots of freshly cracked black pepper, and a little bit of salt – if needed.
Just before you add the cooked pasta to the sauce, turn off the heat and toss in the pea shoots. Combine thoroughly, and serve with a little feta and fresh pea shoots as garnish.
This is just another example of how quick and easy pasta can be. And even though it’s the beginning of summer, you can still get away with being that lazy occasionally, especially if it’s as fresh and light as this.
Ally Taylor is a food writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Through her All in Moderation blog, she aims to promote a healthy gourmet lifestyle for the 9-5’er. Learn more about Ally or follow her on Twitter @allinmod or Instagram @ally_in_moderation