Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bacon Ranch Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes


When I did my menu plans for last week I only made it as far as Wednesday, leaving Thursday as a "throw something together" day. So when Thursday rolled around, I started to panic. I don't like not having a plan! Jon and I were texting back and forth for a few hours trying to figure out what to make. We both didn't have any strong cravings, and didn't feel like making anything too time consuming or that would produce a lot of dirty pots and pans.

For inspiration, I went through my starred recipes in Google Reader and came across this recipe for Bacon Ranch Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes on the blog Simple Gourmet Cooking. And then I found out that this is actually an original creation by my friend, the author of the blog A Taste of Home Cooking and it has made its way around the food blog world. I texted the title of the recipe to Jon, and his response was "Bleeeeccchh." See, he pictured pouring a bottle of ranch dressing over the pasta. I'm a little disappointed that he could even think that I'd do that! I explained the recipe to him and he agreed to give it a shot.

While I was cooking my parents called so I invited them to come over - I always make more than enough food. But when my mom heard the name of the recipe she wasn't sure. So I explained it to her and she said she'd give it a try too. And my dad, well he'll eat anything I make!

It was definitely worth trying! What a great creation my friend came up with! The sauce was delicious, and did have a similarity to ranch dressing. We all really liked it, and everyone had seconds. Except Jon...he had thirds!  

Bacon Ranch Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes
Adapted from: A Taste of Home Cooking

Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1 lb short cut pasta, such as penne or rigatoni
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
Directions
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook bacon. Allow the bacon to cool, then crumble.
  • In a small bowl, combine parsley, pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder and thyme.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in skillet large enough to hold the pasta over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, saute 1 minute.
  • Add cream and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and add seasoning mixture from step 2 and some cheese - about 1/2 c. Stir.
  • Add the pasta and spinach. Toss until the spinach wilts.
  • Add some of the bacon, toss to combine.
  • Top with additional bacon and cheese.  
 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you liked it! We were also a bit worried about it-the name definitely does not do it justice!

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