Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Penne with Creamy Spinach, Mushrooms and Bacon

Between our pork belly class at Corner Table on Wednesday & our early birthday celebration at Craftsman on Saturday, we felt like we'd been eating ourselves silly last week. Come Sunday, we really wanted something that would come together easily, be comforting & use items we had in our fridge...thus this pasta.
#115 - Penne with Creamy Spinach, Mushrooms & Bacon
Ok, with the heavy cream & bacon this isn't the lightest dish but really per serving you aren't getting that much. Plus you are eating a lot of spinach & only 2 ounces of pasta. But forget all of that stuff because, this pasta just tastes really good & that's what food is about, right. The sauce is rich thanks to the sherry, cream & mushrooms, it almost tasted like a lighter version of stroganoff sauce. The spinach retains its bright green color & the bacon adds a shot of red making for a dish that looks as good on the plate as it tastes.

Penne with Creamy Spinach, Mushrooms & Bacon

2 slices of bacon, chopped
4 oz brown mushrooms, sliced
2 spring onions, chopped
1/2 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 T all-purpose flour
1/2 c chicken stock
1/2 c heavy cream
1/2 t sherry
salt & pepper
4 cups, loosely packed spinach, torn
4 oz cooked penne
Grated parmesan, optional

In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel covered plate & set aside.

Add the mushrooms & onions to the pan. Cook until the mushrooms have released all their liquid & the liquid as mostly cooked off. Add the butter & melt. Sprinkle the flour over everything & cook while stirring for 1 minute. Add the chicken stock. Cook while stirring until bubbly & thick. Stir in the cream and sherry. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Just before serving stir in the bacon & spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted, a minute or two. Stir in the cooked pasta. Heat through. Serve with parmesan sprinkled on top if desired.

2 servings.

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20 comments:

Scorpio Woman said...

OMG it looks so creamy and perfect. I'll have to try it. Thanks :)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I love sherry in a cream sauce! YUM

Michelle said...

OMG...does this look scrumptious! SU'd!

Mushrooms Canada said...

Oh Yum! You had me at mushrooms and bacon! Thanks for sharing!
- Brittany

Carter @ The Kitchenette said...

Kat, please bring me some of this right now so that I can have it for lunch because it looks SO GOOD OMG.

Lori said...

Looks quick, creamy and delicious! I LIKE it!

Sippity Sup said...

That looks so luscious, with all my signature flavors too. Did you make this for me? GREG

Sandy said...

this looks amazing! I bet a good red burgundy would be perfect with it :)

grace said...

creamy is most definitely the proper word to describe this decadence.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I love the flavor of sherry, bacon and cream together. This looks like a great combination and well worth an extra hour of exercise.

tasteofbeirut said...

Drooling over your pasta! Yum!

Lori said...

Looks light and simple to me. ;) It sounds delicious and I know what you mean about coming back to a simple meal after a lot of eating. Happy early Birthday!!

Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) said...

You could use some half fat creme fraiche if you wanted to go easy on the fat content - great dish Kat, love pasta!

Peter M said...

Creamy and bacon both sound wonderful..another dive in a pasta dish!

Eat Drink Pretty said...

I love any simple and tasty pasta. This one looks great!

strivingbean.com said...

Oh yum, looks heavenly. Bacon...mmm...

RicetteAmoreFantasia said...

Wao piatto fantastico!! Complimenti
Ciao

Foodycat said...

Very nice! Just the thing after a run of restauranty meals.

Deborah said...

The spinach cancels out all the other calories, right? :)

dangerkittydesigns said...

Made this tonight and LOVED it! Nic didn't seem uber impressed, but I don't trust a man whose favorite dinner includes Spam. I will be making this again.

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