Salty bacon, sweet parsnip and fresh rosemary, all tossed through some buttery spaghetti. YUM! This parsnip and bacon pasta is a simple, yet perfect midweek dinner.
Tomorrow my baby turns 5!!!! Not sure where the time has gone! One minute he was so small I could hold him in one arm and now he is nearly as big as his brother. So just a quick post for me tonight as I am busy making brownies for him to take to Kindy and I still need to wrap his birthday presents. Last minute? That is when I am my most productive 😉
Do you remember my pantry clear out? And my great pasta discovery? (Read about it here.) Since then I have been trying to reduce the packets of pasta. Linguine was on a great special this week but I resisted the temptation and didn’t throw a couple of packets into the trolley. I can tell you that was hard!!! 40% off my favourite brand and I didn’t buy any! But something had to be done so in an attempt to make space we have been eating a lot of pasta. No problem there 😉
This parsnip and bacon pasta is an oldie, I think it is a Jamie Oliver recipe. I first had it when my friend Loz cooked it for us. After a day of Christmas shopping, we were only meant to be staying for a cup of coffee, then suddenly it was 8pm and the red wine was open. Sat in his kitchen we finished the bottle, opened a second and demolished platefuls of parsnip bacon pasta.
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Parsnip and Bacon Pasta
- 200 g bacon (streaky bacon is best)
- 2 parsnips
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 400 g dried spaghetti
- 20 g butter
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 handful Parmesan cheese (grated)
- sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Chop the bacon into small chunks.
- Peel the parsnip and cut into small dice.
- Grate or chop the garlic until very small.
- Pour the oil into a large frying pan and once hot, fry your bacon over a low heat, so the fat melts. Continue cooking until it starts to crisp. Add the parsnip to the pan along with the rosemary and garlic.
- Place the frying pan over the lowest heat you can and leave to cook slowly whilst you cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet.
- When the pasta is cooked remove 1 cup of the cooking water and then drain well.
- Tip the pasta into the parsnip mix, add the butter and parmesan, and then about 1/4 of the reserved water.
- Stir everything together until you have a creamy, glossy sauce. If it looks a little dry then add more of the pasta water.
- Serve immediately with some extra parmesan.