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Chef John’s BLT Pasta

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Chef John’s BLT Pasta

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Ingredients :

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ pound bacon
  • cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ⅔ cup creme fraiche
  • 2 cups ditalini pasta
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • coarsely chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • or to taste (Optional)
  • Methods :

  • Pour olive oil into a heavy skillet over medium heat, add bacon, and cook until almost crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Turn off heat. Hold a paper towel with tongs and mop up excess bacon grease with the paper towel, leave about 2 teaspoons bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Stir minced garlic and lemon zest into bacon in the skillet and let cook in residual heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir creme fraiche into bacon mixture.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and stir in 2 cups of ditalini. Cook till tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and add pasta to the skillet. Stir pasta thoroughly into bacon and creme fraiche mixture.
  • Return skillet to medium heat. Add tomatoes; cook and stir until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Mix in arugula, stirring until wilted, about 30 seconds, and turn off heat.
  • Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir again and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
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