Monday, May 21, 2012

Pasta with Parsnips and Bacon

We keep talking about making our own pasta more often but we just haven't gotten in the habit of doing so (maybe we need a homemade pasta night!).  When a bunch of baby parsnips showed up in our veggie box, we remembered this delicious pasta with parsnips and bacon recipe.  Using our homemade pasta made this recipe even better than I remembered.  I also splurged and bought the real stuff: parmigiano reggiano.  I don't know if I can go back to my regular and cheaper parmesan!  Mike made a delicious salad with the pea vine, sunflower seeds, and feta to go along with the pasta.  Yum!

Homemade Pasta with Parsnips and Bacon with Pea Vine Salad

Pasta with Parsnips and Bacon

Adapted from Babbo, via Epicurious, via Serious Eats

1/4 pound bacon or pancetta, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 pounds parsnips, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
8 ounces pasta (fresh pasta if you have it)
1/4 cup chopped green onion (or parsley)
Salt and pepper
Grated parmesan 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, add the chopped bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the bacon is browned, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and let drain on a couple paper towels. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.

Turn the heat to medium and add the butter to skillet with the bacon fat. Add the parsnips and cook for about 12 minutes, stirring often. They should be lightly browned and very tender. Turn off the heat.

Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. When done, reserve 2 cups of the cooking water and then add the pasta directly to the skillet with the parsnips. Turn heat to high and add about 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water, the bacon, and the green onions. Cook for 1 minute, stirring often. Add more of the cooking water if it looks too dry. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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