With the holidays coming up, you’ll probably be doing a lot of heavy-duty cooking. Here’s a little something you can throw together to feed the family without making a big production of it.
Now, we know that nothing hits the spot like pasta. And nothing’s better than cooked bacon and mushrooms. Put them together, add some basil, and you’ve got an easy, tasty dinner or lunch.
This recipe came about from not having much to eat in the house one day—just a couple of basic ingredients. But, of course, any time you’ve got bacon in your fridge, you know you can come up with something good.
What you’ll need:
- Bacon (2, 3, or 4 slices)
- Spaghetti (as much as you’ll need to feed everyone involved)
- Sliced mushrooms (as many as you like)
- Shredded basil
What to do:
- Cook the bacon until its just about crisp—move to paper towels to absorb the grease.
- Cut bacon into 0.5 to 0.75-inch pieces.
- Put mushrooms in the pan you cooked the bacon in and cook over medium heat until the mushrooms have shed their liquid. Remove from pan, reserving the bacon grease in the pan. You can get your water ready to boil while the mushrooms are cooking.
- Cook pasta, per timing on box.
- While pasta is cooking, shred up some basil (tearing/shredding releases more flavor than cutting) and set aside.
- When pasta is done, drain well and add it to the slightly greasy pan that you cooked the bacon/mushrooms in. Over low heat, add the bacon and mushrooms and toss to distribute throughout the pasta.
- As a final step, add the basil, toss, and cook until the basil is slightly wilted.
Is this a healthful dish? No. Is it really really good and easy to make? Yes.