…So, I figured I’d start the pasta and decide while it cooked.
I picked some fresh basil from my garden, sliced up some mushrooms, quartered some cherry tomatoes and crumbled up some bacon, added a bit of olive oil and butter to the mix and topped it all off with Parmesan cheese.
The pasta I chose was a spaghetti made from brown rice, although, with this recipe, feel free to use whatever type of pasta you desire.
It took a little longer to cook the brown rice pasta than normal pasta made from wheat flour, but it cooked up properly nonetheless.
Type: Pasta Recipe
Serve With: Garlic bread, topped with Parmesan Cheese
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yield: 2 servings
- 200 g brown rice pasta – I used spaghetti.
- 8 mushrooms – sliced
- 8 cherry tomatoes – quartered
- 4 slices bacon – crumbled
- 1 dozen fresh basil leaves – washed & chopped or ripped
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- freshly cracked black pepper – to taste
- sea salt – to taste + 1 tsp
- In a large pot with 1 tsp sea salt, fill pot to 3/4 full with water and boil on high heat.
- Once water has boiled, put pasta in and return to the boil, then turn temperature down to the simmer. Be sure to stir immediately and then frequently after that for the next 10 minutes or so. Start testing pieces of pasta around this time to determine if it’s done. Ideally, you want to cook it “al dente” or with “bite”, meaning to remove it from cooking prior to it turning to mush, but past where it’s too hard to eat.
- While pasta is boiling, in a large frying pan, cook strips of bacon to the desired level of being done. Ideally, you want it bordering on crunchy, so as to be able to crumble the pieces. Remove bacon from pan and reserve.
- On medium heat, add olive oil and butter and saute mushrooms until soft, add cherry tomatoes.
- By this time, the pasta should probably be done – Drain and put into large frying pan to toss with ingredients. Rip or cut the basil leaves, crumble bacon, and add both to toss pasta.
- Top with Parmesan cheese and/or chili flakes and serve with garlic bread. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy this Italian Food Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…
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