Spaghetti with Bacon, Breadcrumbs and Arugula


Spaghetti with Bacon, Breadcrumbs and Arugula

There are many ways to face the winter doldrums. You know, that time when there is a lull in season and activities. The bang of New Year has passed, and winter lays ahead, blustery, chilly and gray. Call it the post-holiday blues. Or, more optimistically, call it a clean slate. It’s all good. A little down time is healthy for us, offering a window to focus inward and reflect. It’s a priceless moment of stillness before the year accelerates in its usual fashion. Enjoy that moment and its simple pleasures. Listen to the silence of the snowfall, brew a pot of tea, walk the dog. And when you’re cooking, be sure to include bacon. Bacon always helps.

Spaghetti with Bacon and Arugula

Serves 4

12 ounces applewood smoked bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound perciatelli or spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmegiano-Reggiano cheese
3 cups arugula, washed and dried

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and sauté until fat is rendered and bacon is golden brown. Transfer with slotted spoon to a plate lined with a paper towel. Discard all but one tablespoon fat. Add breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Sauté until breadcrumbs are golden. Transfer to a small bowl.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente; drain. Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl.
While pasta is cooking, add one tablespoon olive oil to a clean skillet or saucepan. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add cream and simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, 3-4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper to the cream. Pour cream over pasta. Add bacon, arugula and half of the cheese. Toss to combine. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and remaining cheese over pasta and briefly toss. Serve immediately.

If you like this, you might enjoy these TasteFood recipes:
Lasagna
Roasted Cauliflower and Tomato Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

or these hearty pasta recipes from the food blogs:
Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce from Simply Recipes
Pasta Pie from Noble Pig
Squash Bacon and Goat Cheese Pasta from the Kitchn


12 responses to “Spaghetti with Bacon, Breadcrumbs and Arugula

  1. A sure cure for post-holiday slump. Panko plus pasta equals great texture!

  2. Oh yum! This is definitely my kind of dish. I bet the arugula is just perfect in there. And yes, bacon always helps. ; ) Bookmarking now. Happy New Year!

  3. This looks so delicious, and the perfect dinner for one, when the husband is out and I’m alone with the DVR.

  4. That is what I love about the new year too: a moment to pause, and that clean slate. Perfect. I love bread crumbs on pasta.

  5. How wisely spoken and definitely true up here in the Scandinavian countries.
    Happy New Year !

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  8. I was about to read something on bananas when this bad boy caught my eye. I love it! If you haven’t noticed, I like my pasta!

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