Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pasta w/ Bacon and Leeks

This one comes from Jason and Monica who pick up downtown at the Stanwix Street building. Thank you for offering an answer to the mystery of leeks. Sounds delicious. Really.

Jason mentioned, "Monica and I have been making this pasta dish with leeks for some time now and it is amazing. Most will probably be tempted to add more bacon than the recipe calls for but I suggest that you try it at least once as is,  fight the urge. That way the smokey bacon taste is still invited to the party but doesn't overshadow the leeks and thyme."



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano

  • Heat oil and butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, 5-8 minutes. Add leeks and season with salt. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until leeks begin to brown, 5-8 minutes. Add cream, thyme, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 5-8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 2 cups pasta cooking liquid.
  • Add pasta, Parmesan, and 1 cup pasta cooking liquid to sauce and stir to coat. Increase heat to medium and continue stirring, adding more cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta.

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