My favorite dinner I've made EVER.

My cooking tonight started off with a Cooking Light recipe, and ended up nowhere near "light" but I did whisk my way to the meal I am most proud of to date. I was so excited to eat it, it almost killed me to take pictures for you- but I did, because this meal must be recorded. It's not really a complex meal, so please don't think I'm out to impress you- it just incorporates so many of my FAVORITE things, it really couldn't go wrong.

Without further adieu, I give you...
Bow Ties (Farfalle) in Bacon Garlic Cream Sauce
(you heard me right, bacon AND cream sauce- all you New Year's Resolution Dieters look away!)
You will need:
1 box of bow tie/farfalle pasta
4 slices of thick cut apple wood bacon, cut in half
3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 handfuls of flour
About 1.5 cups of milk (I used non-fat, it's all I buy)
1 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
Salt
Pepper
Chopped Parsley
What to do:
1. Cook the bacon over medium heat until done. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate, reserve for later. Do not discard the drippings in the pan.
2. Meanwhile, prepare the pasta as directed. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
3. Turn the heat down under the bacon pan to medium-low, and toss in the garlic. Stir constantly for 1 minute, then whisk in the two handfuls of flour, one at a time. Once blended, add the milk. Now here's the key- you may need a bit more than 1.5 cups... pour (as you whisk) until the consistency is only slightly thicker than heavy cream, because you're going to be adding cheese and it will cool (both things that will thicken the sauce).
4. Add the grated cheese and whisk until melted into the sauce.
5. Toss the pasta with sauce and reserved pasta water. Salt and pepper to taste.
6. Plate and sprinkle with a little extra grated parm, parsley and crumbled bacon that you reserved earlier.
7. Eat it while it's hot.
8. Go to the gym twice as much this week. ;-)
All of the best meals begin like this, won't you agree? ;-) ^^
^^I was very grateful to have received the Wustoff Santoku knife that I asked for for Christmas, and lemme tell you it has changed. my. life. LOVE it!
^^This is the picture where I'm messing with my camera, trying to figure out macro mode with garlic close ups, and meanwhile burn the bacon (just a taaaaad). Oops.
Here's a general idea of what you want to see when you're mixing in the flour ^^
And the milk ^^
And here's the part where I drool. A lot. And try not to get it on my camera. ^^^

6 comments:

  1. LOVE it! I kind of want that right this second!

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  2. Looks yummy as usual. Can't wait to test thi one out. Love all your recipes so far :) Glad you love to cook and love to share.

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  3. omg...that looks amazing! (doesnt help that Im STARVING!) But Ill have to try that one out! YUM!

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  4. I love the way you take the time to share it all with us!

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  5. Not only does it sound great, but it LOOKS great w/your photography! I love your writing style, too! Buon appetito, mi amore! --mommy salame

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