Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fettucine with Bacon, Tomatoes, Arugula (with or without Goat Cheese)

Inspiration:
Arugula and green onions from our CSA
Modified from this recipe from Bon Appétit

Ingredients:
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained well
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 thick bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4-6 medium scallions (white and pale green parts only), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 3-5 cups coarsely chopped fresh arugula
  • 1 9-ounce package fresh fettuccine
  • 3-6 ounces soft fresh goat cheese , crumbled
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • additional grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
  1. Combine well-drained tomatoes and vinegar in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.
  3. Add scallions, garlic, rosemary and crushed red pepper to skillet; sauté 1 minute. Add tomato mixture and cooked bacon. Simmer until tomatoes are heated through, about 4 minutes. Add arugula and simmer until wilted, about 1 minute.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, about 3 minutes. Drain.
  5. Transfer pasta to large bowl. Add goat cheese, 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and tomato mixture. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve, passing additional Parmesan separately.

Notes:
  • This makes a lot of sauce. We like a lot of sauce with our pasta; if you don't, I would add another package of fettucine.
  • The original recipe uses fresh tomatoes. I used canned, because tomatoes still aren't in season here, and I had a lot of cans of diced tomatoes in the pantry. I would suggest using fresh tomatoes in this recipe, and I likely will next time.
  • Tim doesn't care for goat cheese, so I just added it to mine! His loss!

Liz's Rating: 8/10

4 comments:

Joelen said...

Wow - looks amazing and I love how its a play on BLTs with pasta!

WeezerMonkey said...

I like a lot of sauce with my pasta, too. The more, the better!

Elly said...

Yum, this pasta looks delicious! But what do you mean withOUT goat cheese?! lol. :)

Ally said...

That sounds so delicious and fresh! I LOVE, and I mean LOVE, goat cheese, so this recipe is a definite winner!