Creamy bacon and caramelised onion pasta
Lets talk about weaknesses. Chocolate, sugar, ice cream, donuts even – forget about it, I’m just not interested. My food weaknesses are of the savoury variety. In particular, bacon; cheese; carbs and cream. These are my partners in crime, the guys that are going to get me into some serious trouble.
Bacon is the star of this recipe, and on that note, let me share a clip from the XFM Ricky Gervais radio show featuring Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. It’s an oldie but a goody and is probably my favourite ever bacon related story. It made me snort out tea through my nose when I first heard it many years ago and still makes me chuckle to this day 🙂
200g dried pasta
4 slices thick cut streaky bacon, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
100g lo-fat cream cheese
50ml single cream
100ml chicken stock
1 egg yolk
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook your pasta in boiling salted water according to pack instructions, this should take approx. 10-12 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large frying pan and dry fry the chopped bacon until it is golden and crispy. Once cooked, remove the bacon and set aside. Reserve the bacon fat and fry the sliced onion for 5-6 minutes until the onion starts to caramelise. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Now add the cream cheese, single cream and chicken stock and stir well. You might need to add a tiny bit of water to thin the sauce down. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir through the egg yolk which will give an added richness to the sauce.
Crumble in the bacon then stir through the cooked and drained pasta. Check for seasonings and add some salt and freshly ground black pepper if needed.