BLT Pasta

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by: Entertaining is Easy/Lisa Newsome






This sandwich classic gets a twist when bacon, tomatoes & greens are mixed with pasta! A great one-pot wonder to serve to kids of all ages!




ingredients

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serves: 4-6

1 pound thick-cut bacon

4 large garlic cloves

1 large sweet onion (optional)

extra virgin olive oil

1-2 pints grape tomatoes

1/2 juice of lemon

freshly ground black pepper

1 5-ounce clamshell Earthbound Farm Baby Arugula

1 5-ounce clamshell Zen (baby spinach, baby kale & Asian greens)

freshly grated Parmesan cheese

box ⅔-1 14.5-ounce Barilla pasta

hot pepper flakes

Nutrition Facts
BLT Pasta

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 942

  • Total Fat: 50.1 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 13.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 39.6 mg
  • Sodium: 2395.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 93.6 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 16.1 g
  •     Sugars: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 39.4 g
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preparation

1.  Either bake/fry/microwave the bacon until crispy. Break up into large pieces & set aside. While the bacon is cooking, combine the greens in a bowl according to how many you are serving...if you are serving 4, combine about ⅔ clamshell each...if serving 6, use both entire clamshells. Slice the tomatoes in half. Set aside in a bowl.

2.  Mince the garlic, & if using the onions, coarsely chop as well.

3.  Pour a splash of olive oil in a sauté pan...add the minced garlic. Sauté over medium-low heat for a minute or so, then add the onions, if using, & sauté until the onions are translucent.

4.  Bring a 4-quart pot of salted water to a boil...add the pasta & cook until al dente. Drain the pasta & set aside.

5.  Add the cooked bacon to the garlic & onions & toss...reduce the heat to low...simmer for a few minutes.

6.  Combine the tomatoes with the bacon, garlic & onions...cover & simmer for a minute or so.

7.  In a large bowl, toss together the pasta with the bacon-tomato mixture. Sprinkle the lemon juice & black pepper over the pasta & toss together well.

8.  Fold in the salad greens until well combined.

9.  Serve the BLT pasta in individual pasta bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese & hot pepper flakes, if desired. Serve & enjoy with your favorite red wine.

Cooks' note:
..I do not add salt to this pasta dish as the bacon adds all the salt that this dish needs...
...if you cannot find good fresh grape tomatoes, you can substitute 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes...combine the tomatoes with the garlic, add a little black pepper, bring to a boil & simmer...add the bacon, then combine with the pasta & greens...add a little Parmesan...serve...done.
...as a time saver, you can prep ahead of time...cook the bacon, chop the garlic, slice the tomatoes...leave at room temperature until ready to use.

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