Pasta, Bacon and Mushrooms

Serves 2

4 oz/115 g penne or similar pasta

4 strips bacon, sliced and diced

½ pound mushrooms (cremini or other extra-flavor mushooms)

2 tbsp basil pesto

2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

salt and pepper

Grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiana Reggiano cheese to pass

  1. Cook pasta in plenty of salted water until al dente. Reserve ¼ cup of cooking water and drain.
  2. In a large skillet, fry the cut-up bacon until the fat begins to try out.
  3. Add the mushrooms, keeping the heat high enough so they fry, not steam. Cook until the bacon and mushrooms begin to brown.
  4. Add the pasta to the skillet along with the reserved water and cook to warm the pasta, about 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and add the pesto, mixing everything together. Add the pine nuts and stir again.
  6. Serve on a platter or in pasta bowls. Pass grated cheese for extra flavor.

Source: "BBC Good Foods", October 2005

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