The menu plan said ratatouille and polenta, but I really didn’t feel like cooking it. This is what I came up with instead. This is versatile: add whatever vegetables you like. A handful of Kalamata olives would go nicely. Fresh basil instead of dried tastes sensational. Add a dollop of cream at the end for a bit of, well, creaminess. We always have a little bacon in the freezer, but for a true pantry staple pasta dish, leave the bacon (and even the vegetables) out and it still tastes good.
- 1 - 2 slices of bacon, diced
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 capsicum, sliced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- a handful of mushrooms, sliced
- tin of tomatoes
- 4 serves of your favourite pasta
- grated parmesan cheese to serve
- Cook pasta according to packet directions
- Heat a frypan and sauté bacon for a minute or two. Add onion, garlic and capsicum and sauté until the onion is translucent.
- Add the mushrooms and dried basil and toss for a minute or two before adding the tinned tomatoes.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes to reduce the sauce slightly.
- Stir through cooked pasta. Serve with some grated parmesan cheese.
Other tasty additions include olives, spinach, capers and fresh basil.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g
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