Recipe

Chilli & Bacon Penne

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Chilli & Bacon Penne

Amazing bacon pan-fried to perfection & flavoured with lemon, chilli & garlic.




Ingredients to serve 2

  • 200g x penne pasta
  • 125g x bacon - slice into strips
  • 1 clove x garlic - crush, peel and slice finely
  • 1/2 x fresh chilli - de-seed and slice
  • 1/2 x lemon - halve and juice
  • 1/2 tbsp x fresh parsley - chop coarsely
  • 25g x Parmesan cheese - grate finely
  • olive oil (from your pantry)
  • salt and pepper (from your pantry)

Ingredients to serve 4

  • 400g x penne pasta
  • 250g x bacon - slice into strips
  • 2 cloves x garlic - crush, peel and slice finely
  • 1 x fresh chilli - de-seed and slice
  • 1 x lemon - halve and juice
  • 1 tbsp x fresh parsley - chop coarsely
  • 50g x Parmesan cheese - grate finely
  • olive oil (from your pantry)
  • salt and pepper (from your pantry)

Method

Step 1

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add a few drops of olive oil and the penne and cook for 6-8 minutes. Don’t overcook the pasta - you want it al dente, that’s slightly chewy and uniformly translucent. Once cooked, drain and keep warm in a colander over a saucepan of hot water. Sprinkle penne with a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.

Step 2

Put a pan on medium to high heat and dry fry the bacon for 3 to 4 minutes until beginning to crisp. Add a little olive oil, garlic and chillies and pan fry for about 5 minutes. Add a little more olive oil and the lemon juice and season to taste. Now add the penne, parsley and Parmesan (keeping a little aside for the garnish). Toss well

Step 3

To serve, divide the pasta between the plates or bowls and sprinkle the remaining parmesan on top