De Ma Cuisine



March 2012



Pasta in a Pinch

Written by , Posted in Dinner, Inspired By, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Pork, Vegetables

Pasta in a Pinch
Recipe Type: Pasta, Dinner, Main
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
In a pinch, pasta is a quick easy meal. Here’s a yummy and simple dinner.
  • 4 T oil (I used olive, but you could try coconut)
  • 1 package penne rice pasta (or whatever pasta you like)
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 1 C leeks, chopped in rounds and washed
  • 1 pkg mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pkg bacon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 C parmesan cheese (1/2 C reserved for topping)
  • 1 C pasta water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 t red pepper flakes
  1. Cook bacon. Drain on paper towel. Crumble when cool. Drain fat from pan, but don’t clean pan.
  2. Cook balsamic vinegar and reduce (bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer until thickened and syrupy – keep an eye on it, it can burn quickly!).
  3. Cook pasta. While it cooks: Heat oil in bacon pan. Add leeks and mushrooms. Once mushrooms are partway cooked, add tomato paste, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, carrots. Cook a couple more minutes, then add the kale.
  4. Before draining the pasta, take 1 C pasta water and add to the mushroom mixture. Taste and add more seasoning if necessary.
  5. Combine pasta with sauce. Mix in parmesan cheese.
  6. Top each serving with bacon, parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar.


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