Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Emergency Pasta

Mon 28 May 2007

We spent the long weekend up in the Lakes so dinner last night had to be quick and made from things we could grab from Marks & Spencers at 5 to 5!

I recently received a copy of Global Grub and, since the recipes are all prep to table in under 30 minutes, it seemed like as good a place as any to look for inspiration. Because I love carbohydrates so much I chose the tagliatelle with pesto, bacon and olives.

Although I didn't quite follow the recipe, it was very simple.

Heat some olive oil in a pan and add 4 sliced rashers of bacon and some black pepper. As the bacon starts to brown, add 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and minced and then some black olives (stoned, sliced in half). Add a pot of pesto, reduce the heat and mix in a generous couple of tablespoons of soured cream. Finally, mix in a couple of tablespoons of parmesan cheese.

Obviously, you've been cooking your pasta in the meantime ... when everything's ready, mix the sauce in with the pasta, serve in hot bowls and dress with black pepper and plenty more parmesan cheese.

This took about 15 minutes from start to finish, and was deemed a tasty success. OK, there's nothing ground breaking here (although the kalamata olives from M&S were pretty good!), but for a quick and dirty cupboard supper it did the trick!

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