Smith Meadows fresh pasta with bacon

Onion gogglesNeed something warm and comforting for dinner? When in doubt, BACON. This bears some similarity to our sausage and pasta recipe– frankly we eat a lot of meat+pasta+veg. I mean, what else is there? Next week will be a roast, promise!

This recipe originated here, and then changed a bit. Add a small salad if you need more to your meal!

ps. Onion goggles are definitely worth it, especially if you’re trying to photograph your progress :)Smith Meadows Nitrate Free Bacon

Bacon Pasta with Winter Veg (2 moderate servings)

  • 4 pieces of Smith Meadows Nitrate-Free Bacon
  • 1 medium onion sliced in medium strips
  • 1 cup poultry stock/broth
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried pepper flakes
  • 2-3 parsnips, julienned (ish)
  • 5 medium collard leaves, rolled and chopped into strips
  • 1/2 package of Smith Meadows Noodles- I used Winter Wheat and Oat this time but whichever you like!
  1. Rough julienne parsnipsCook the bacon in a cast iron skillet until crispy, place on paper towel to absorb extra grease and then crumble.
  2. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from pan. Heat over moderate flame and add the onions. Cook until slightly browned and starting to soften.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
  4. Add in parsnips, broth, vinegar, brown sugar and pepper flakes (I chopped a dried pepper from my garden, it turned out a little on the hot side). Stir until the sugar is dissolved and parsnips have softened up a bit.Sliced Collard Greens
  5. Add in half the bacon and all of the collards, toss to wilt and combine, let simmer to reduce the broth to  a sauce.
  6. While the veg is simmering a bit, toss the pasta in the boiling water for two minutes, then drain.
  7. Add pasta to veg pan and toss everything together- you should have just enough liquid between extra water on the pasta and bacon flavored broth to give everything a little sauce without being soupy. Portion into dishes or serve in a nice big pasta bowl! Smith Meadows fresh noodles with bacon and winter veg