tomato bacon pasta

Public service announcement: WordPress is getting bored with my and Sheila’s antics and less-than-mediocre photography. They told us we’ve reached our limit, and want to charge us real money for more space. We’re both poor so this clearly wasn’t happening. In a genius move on my part, I went through and mass-deleted some photos, not realizing that if they disappeared from the “media library” they would also disappear from the post.

Whoops-a-daisy.

Hence some boring posts with no pictures. Sorry about that. Then I decided to go back to the archives of 2011 and delete some actually horrible photos that weren’t at all necessary, just to free up some space for some more trash from my iPhone. You’re welcome.

To make up for my error in judgment, I’m bringing you bacon. A friend of ours gave us nine pounds of bacon recently. Yes, you read that correctly, NINE POUNDS OF BACON. Didn’t someone say once upon a time that there was going to be a shortage? Not in this house.

So instead of studying for my massive test today, I spent a good chunk of time foodgawking for bacon recipes. I thought that would be more productive than my usual procrastination technique of baking cookies. Equally detrimental to my waistline.

I found this short and sweet recipe from Paula Deen, and I tweaked it a little to suit my tastes.

Tomato Bacon Pasta

1 lb short cut pasta

1 large tomato

4-5 slices bacon

1/2 sweet onion, chopped

2 tbs cream cheese (wouldn’t be Paula if there weren’t two sources of fat)

Set the pasta water on the stove to boil. Chop up the tomato and onion.

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Chop up the bacon and brown in a skillet. Drain the excess fat (we have a special coffee can for this now, given the plethora of pork) and cook the onion in the same skillet. Once slightly browned and translucent, add the tomatoes and cook down for 7-10 minutes.

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Once the pasta is al dente, drain, reserving some of the pasta water. Combine the tomatoes and onions with the pasta. Add the bacon, cream cheese, and about 1/4 cup pasta water. Stir until everything is completely mixed together.

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If you want to make this and need some bacon, feel free to stop by.

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