Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Bacon Potluck Playdate-- Pasta all' Amatriciana

Last week, I hosted a dinner playdate-- A Bacon Potluck!! Can you say yum? Who doesn't love bacon? My family is a huge fan, so this seemed like a great idea. Every dish we shared had bacon in it. We had BBQ Chicken wrapped in bacon, Pasta all' Amatriciana, Bacon Cheddar Cornbread, Bacon Brownies, and Chocolate Bacon Croissants. To top it all off, we dipped pieces of bacon in chocolate fountain, a must try if you have never tried it! It may not have been one of my healthiest playdates, but it sure was one of the most delicious playdates! I thought it would be fun to share some of the recipes with you so you can try them yourself! 
Pasta all' Amatriciana


  • Salt
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 slices lean peppered bacon, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • Black pepper
  • A handful flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Shredded sharp white Cheddar, to pass at table


Heat water to boil for pasta, season with salt and cook pasta to al dente.
Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat with extra-virgin olive oil, a turn of the pan. Add bacon and crisp 4 to 5 minutes then add onions and garlic cook to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.

 Stir in stock then tomatoes and season with pepper to taste.


Simmer sauce 15 minutes.
Toss pasta with sauce and parsley.
Serve with grated sharp white Cheddar.
Dinner is served!

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