Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Smoky Tomato Bacon Pasta (Gluten Free & Organic)

Today it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL outside! Hardly any humidity, it hasn't hit 80 degrees yet, the sun is bright, and the sky is blue with hardly a cloud in the sky. Very uncharacterstic KY summer day....and I LOVE IT!!!

So, what better reason is there to post a new recipe. Now, this one is super easy and absolutely delicious. I originally got it from Paula Deen's Family Cookbook that I received (signed) when Jen and I went to see her. I love this recipe and I've made it several times. has bacon in the title. What's not to love??? It easily makes enough for 6 people, but it's just fine for a couple because the leftovers are just as yummy!

I adapted it to make it both GF and organic and served it when we had Molly & Eric over for lunch the day. There's not as many pictures of this since I was enjoying my time with our guests.

You'll need:

  • 1/2 lb. bacon (~10 slices) I got mine from Hillside Heritage Farm at the Lexington Farmer's Market thanks to a recommendation from a friend. I will never look back!
  • 1 large organic onion, chopped
  • 1 (28 oz.) can of organic diced tomatoes, undrained
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz. organic cream cheese (1/2 of a package)
  • 1 lb. gluten-free pasta First time I used the Tinkyada brand & LOVED it! I used penne, but the original recipe calls for rigatoni. Hard to find GF rigatoni, go figure!

1. In a large bowl, begin to boil your water and cook your pasta according to the box/bag. Tinkyada gave energy saving instructions. Just had to boil water, boil pasta for 1-2 minutes, turn off heat, and cover for 20 minutes. Pasta came out perfect and it was very energy efficient!

2. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp & brown. Place bacon on a paper-lined plate. Pour off all but 1/4 c. of fat from skillet.

3. Add the onion & cook over medium heat, stirring occassionaly until soft (5-7 min).

4. Stir in diced tomatoes & crumbled bacon. Season with salt & pepper & simmer until thick & chunky (~10 min). Stir cream cheese in until melted.

5. Pour sauce over pasta & mix together. Serve immediately.

See, how easy is that! This picture was taken after we devoured it because I was too distracted and hungry to take one when it was ready. Better late than never, right?

I definitely recommend trying it. Eric is a picky eater and doesn't care for onions & tomatoes (great recipe for him, right?), but he ate around it and said he still really liked the taste.

I served this with fresh green beans (not pictured) that I just steamed. I placed them in a collander, put a tiny bit of organic olive oil on them, and grated some fresh Parmesan on them. They went together well.

Enjoy the recipe and enjoy this GORGEOUS day!!!


Faith said...

Are you still getting most of your organic ingredients at Kroger or Mejer? Where did you get the pasta? I haven't had much luck with GF pasta.

PJWB said...

Looks delicious! Thanks for the link! Glad you enjoyed the bacon... I knew you would!!

Maria said...

Faith-I went to Whole Foods this week for all of my groceries and just loved it! Definitely try the Tinkyada brand. It's my new fave! I don't think the texture is weird like some other GF pastas I've tried.

Peter-Thanks again for the suggestion!

Cameron said...

I gave you an award today on my blog!!

Sandra said...

haha Maria! I love that you took the picture AFTER you dished the meal out! A girl after my own heart. I'd love to know exactly the rationale for glutein-free dishes, I'm not very knowledgeable in this area. I am however a "low-carb" girl, and if glutein-free means I can enjoy carbs more often, then I'm in.
Congrats on your award! I was sent over by that darling Cameron at:

Maria said...

Check out my post on going gluten-free.

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