Sunday Supper – Bacon and Broccoli Pasta

The latest Cuisine Magazine arrived in my letterbox the other day.  Oh boy.  Lucky it’s only bi monthly, there are SO many recipes that I want to try in there.  Probably why it’s now celebrating it’s 25th anniversary.  Check out the cake section.  Drool.  Like I need another excuse to make a cake.

Anyway, after spending a nice sunny weekend inside in bed, I felt the need for a healthy, filling, green filled dinner on Sunday to get the week started off on the right foot.  Inspired by this recipe in aforementioned Cuisine, I utilised some left over broccoli, spinach and threw in a bit of bacon, garlic and parmesan for a bit of variation.  Very much a simple Sunday Supper, the recipe is just approximations, and you can basically use whatever you have in the fridge, just throw it all in.  Keep in mind more sturdy greens like beans, or frozen peas, might need a touch longer cooking than spinach or any of the chinese greens like bok choi or pak choy.

Bacon and Broccoli Sunday Pasta

a couple of cloves of garlic
a few rashers of bacon (or if you are like me, quite a few rashers of bacon), cut into small pieces (lardons if you are feeling fancy)
broccoli (cut into small pieces)
spinach or other greens, finely sliced/diced
parmesan cheese, grated finely
salt and pepper

On a medium heat, saute the bacon and garlic until the bacon is starting to crisp. Don’t cook it too long as it will keep crisping up when you add the broccoli. Stir it often to stop the garlic from burning. Add the broccoli and stir around to coat in the delicious garlic and bacon juices. Give it a few seconds between stirs to help the broccoli get nice and browned. If you have used slightly larger pieces and they are taking a while to cook through, add a splash of water to help steam them. Once it’s all ready, turn down the heat and add the spinach and other greens, stir until they are just wilted.
Stir through a generous amount of parmesan and salt and pepper.

Enjoy as you feel healthy and virtuous and forget about all the ginger crunch and chocolate biscuits you ate over the weekend.

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