Friday, July 29, 2011

You had me at pasta and bacon

Pasta with bacon and watercress.

Ever have one of those work days when you do a huge amount of work and then feel like you produced a huge amount of crap?

I had one of those days last night. I was up all night writing. I wrote a lot of pages.
But at 5am when I was taking the dogs for a long walk, all of the work I did last night seems awful, without merit and will never see the harsh fluorescent lights of a book store.

I am sure it is just because I am way too over tired and I should sleep.
But at 6am I was starving so I made some pasta.


I cooked the pasta according to the package directions. While that was boiling away I pulled out two pieces of bacon out of the freezer and set them sizzling in a skillet.

When the pasta was cooked al dente I drained it and set it aside. When the bacon was nice and crispy I pulled it out of the pan and let it dry on paper towels.

I drained off most of the bacon fat and tossed the pasta back into the skillet along with one clove of garlic, minced, the bacon and 1 cup of watercress.

Just so you know, I added 1/2 a piece of bacon to my dish – the dogs got to enjoy the other 1 1/2 pieces Smile

When everything was warmed through, I plated the pasta and added a generous shaving of Parmesan on top.


Happy Friday!


  1. I am not sure where in my area I would find watercress (very rural, hard to find interesting foods) but I definitely intend to look so that I can make this. It looks amazing! Buzzed!

  2. @janet@cupcakestocaviar

    Thanks, Janet!

    You could easily substitute spinach in this dish - I just like watercress cause it has a nice peppery bite.

  3. I will have to make this.... It looks really good plus I add bacon to almost every pasta dish lol.

  4. Well, this post definitely had me at bacon! Lucky dogs to get leftovers from you, yum!

  5. The cheese looks fluffy and light and amazing! How did you do that? What kind of parm is that? Or maybe it was your grater.

  6. @Michelle O

    I use a micro-plane grater - it does make it really fluffy - and I can use a lot less cheese but it looks like a ton :-)

  7. oh this is definitely a perfect pasta dish!

  8. Wow, that looks delicious, will have to try this soon,you've been buzzed!

  9. @Rita D K Simmons

    Rita, thanks for the buzz! I am glad you liked the dish :-)