Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Pasta with Mushrooms, Bacon & Onion

And ham. Although I threw that in mainly because it was kicking around in the fridge, looking sad, lonely and a bit old. You could just up the bacon quotient, if you liked. Can you tell that when I don't know what to make for dinner, I make pasta?

2 or 3 servings
20 minutes - 10 minutes prep time

Pasta with Mushrooms, Bacon, Ham and Onions - Farfalle Pasta
250 grams farfalle pasta
1 large onion
4 cups quartered button mushrooms
4 slices good, lean bacon
4 slices good lunch ham
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns, coarsely crushed

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil, and when it boils add the pasta and cook until tender.

Meanwhile, peel and chop the onion. Clean and quarter the mushrooms. Chop the bacon, and the ham, but keep them separate. Mince the parsley and crush the pepper.

When the pasta has been added to the boiling water, turn on the stove under a large skillet. Add the bacon, and as soon as it begins to cook add the onions and mushrooms. Sauté gently, stirring often, until all are cooked and well amalgamated. I had to add a little oil as my bacon was very lean, but only do this if everything looks like sticking to the pan.

A minute or two before the pasta is done, stir in the ham.

Drain the pasta when it is done, and return it to the pot. Mix in the hot cooked meat and mushroom mixture, and stir in the parsley.

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