Friday, April 17, 2009

Pasta with Bacon, Leeks & Mushrooms

Lately at lunchtime we've been watching tivoed episodes of Gordon Ramsay's The "f" Word (I so prefer this to any of the other shows he does. He's much less over the top screamy.) Last week he was teaching two Olympic runners how to make quick pasta dishes. They all looked good but we were especially drawn to one featuring pancetta, leeks & mushrooms. The next morning I had this email in my inbox.
Morning 99 - He makes me laugh...
This is Matt's way of helping me remember things or give suggestions for the weekly menu. Anyway, this dish was a total winner. Super simple so perfect for a busy night & really full of flavor. Adding the creme fraiche at the end makes for a nice creamy sauce with a slight tang.
Pasta with Bacon, Leeks & Mushrooms
We substituted bacon for the pancetta because we had some in the fridge. I don't think it made a big difference & well you know how much we like bacon...

Pasta with Bacon, Leeks & Mushrooms

6-oz medium pasta shells
1 T olive oil
2 slices bacon, roughly chopped
2 leeks, white & light green sections sliced thin
1 1/2 c mushrooms, trimmed & sliced
salt & pepper
2 T creme fraiche
handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
parmesan, grated

Put the pasta in to cook according to directions.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the bacon & cook for about 2 - 3 minutes. Add the leeks & mushrooms and season with salt & pepper. Cook for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain the pasta once it is cooked & add to the skillet. Stir in the creme fraiche. Divide into two bowls. Sprinkle with parsley & parmesan.

Serves 2

15 comments:

Debbie said...

Just discovered your blog and love your recipes!!

Jen said...

Mmmmmm... this looks delicious.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That does look like a total winner! I love bacon and mushrooms together!

Christina Kim said...

Ooooh this looks verrry tasty!!

Sub Commander said...

I love MUHROOMS. Matt used to make MUHROOMS all the time when we were roommates. Yum.

Leslie said...

I seriously could live on bacon!
YUM

Allen said...

What a recipe - bring on the bacon and leeks! I wish Matt sent me these reminders -- dang, this looks good.

Lori said...

Looks so mouthwatering good, Kat... and Matt. I love that you two are foodies together.

Grace said...

i wondered if anyone would comment on the MUHrooms. it made me chuckle. this is really one of the more gorgeous pasta dishes i've seen!

Foodycat said...

That is fantastic! The colours make it look so tempting.

Kirby! said...

Looks simple and really delicious! I've been using pasta a lot more in my cooking-- it's one of my recession strategies for cooking!!

Amy P. said...

We've got to try this one out, we have some Nueskes in the fridge just waiting to be sacrificed.

kml said...

Made this for dinner without bacon - still super delicious!

Jude said...

Been really taking a fierce liking to creme fraiche. It's a where have you been all my life kind of thing :)

Peter M said...

Fabulous choice of pasta (shells)...perfect for catching those bits of bacon, leek and shrooms.

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