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Bacon Garlic Pasta

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This bacon garlic pasta (macaroni) is a simple pasta dish that I cook quite frequently. The flavour is full although the ingredients are few. I brought this pasta to work as a side dish to accompany my weekday lunch salad. The method of cooking is similar to how I cook my aglio olio, which is why a bit more garlic and oil are used.

See Also:
Carbonara Recipe

It is also great as a one-dish meal and you can vary this basic recipe with all types of pasta (such as spaghetti and penne) and other ingredients like tomato, mushroom, pepper and/or chicken. This basic version is really my favourite because it already tastes good on its own.  I also substituted the typical pasta ingredients with local ingredients – chilli flakes with chilli padi; flat-leaf parsley with spring onions. 

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 Macaroni Bacon Recipe  Finely chop streaky bacon.
Macaroni Bacon Recipe Coarsely chop garlic and finely slice chilli padi (or use chilli flakes).
Macaroni Bacon Recipe In a pot of salted water, cook pasta (macaroni) until al dente.
Macaroni Bacon Recipe While macaroni is cooking, cook chopped bacon in a saucepan until crisp.
 Macaroni Bacon Recipe Push the bacon to one side. Cook garlic and chilli in bacon oil and olive oil.
 Macaroni Bacon Recipe At the first sight of the garlic changing colour, turn off the heat. It will continue cooking in the hot oil until golden brown (as shown).
 Macaroni Bacon Recipe  Melt some butter while the oil is still hot.
Macaroni Bacon Recipe  Drain the hot pasta and reserve some pasta water.
 Macaroni Bacon Recipe Add pasta to the saucepan with a bit of pasta water (or chicken stock for more flavour). Stir in chopped spring onions (or flat-leaf parsley). Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
 Macaroni Bacon Recipe  Serve with grated parmesan cheese over the pasta.

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4 Responses to “Bacon Garlic Pasta”

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 22, 2016 @ 6:53 pm

    Bacon makes everything taste better, doesn’t it?

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  2. tigerfish — March 24, 2016 @ 12:24 am

    Must be super duper flavorful with bacon, garlic, and chili! Yum.

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  3. Juliana — March 30, 2016 @ 5:23 am

    This pasta packed with bacon looks delicious and yes, I love the idea of garlic and a touch of chili…
    Have a great week Wiffy :)

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  4. Marcy — May 3, 2016 @ 1:01 am

    Can you convert the grams into cups or tablespoons for me?

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