Hi y’all! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy during this crazy pandemic!
Today we are going to be testing this recipe from Chrissy Teigens Cravings cookbook. I particularly like this recipe because most of the ingredients are items that you would have in your kitchen. I personally have to go out and get a few items but that is because we just moved and the fridge is basically empty. So, if you don’t know this already, my husband is a huge meat eater. It’s just what he does, so I added some meat to the side of this pasta for him. But to keep my review honest we will keep the pasta on par with the recipe!
But if you ever feel like a recipe is light, adding chicken or salmon to the meal will help you feel fuller afterwards. I will do a post on how I cook chicken and salmon soon!
So let’s get into it.
- 12 oz dried spaghetti
- 1/4 pound pancetta or bacon finely diced(about 3/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 3 cups baby arugula
Start off by boiling the water and getting the spaghetti going. Then chop up the bacon or pancetta and get that into a skillet. Let me just say that the bacon taste is very prominent in this dish, so make sure its a flavor and brand of bacon that you LOVE. Trust me, you will be glad you did. Once you get the bacon nice and crispy you will add the olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Let that season for 1 minute.
At this point, your pasta should be done and you can strain that while you finish your sauce. (Oh you need to keep one cup of the pasta water before you strain it.) Once the spices have blended(about a minute), add the lemon juice and pasta. Stir that in, add the parmiginao cheese and the pasta water and stir until combined. Once this is all combined as well as you can get it. Finally, add 3 cups of arugula and let that wilt and combine.
Overall, my husband loved the pasta and went back twice to get more! For us that is the sign of a good meal! If you try out this meal let me know your thoughts below!