Smoked Bacon and Tomato Spaghetti

Imagine a recipe for a quick dinner to get on the table during a busy week with ingredients that you most probably already have and one that's going to please the whole family? Well, here it is.....

Serves 4

400g pack spaghetti
175g smoked bacon
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 tins tomato cubes
75g grated Parmesan
75g rocket
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

Finely chop the onion and garlic. Cut the bacon into small strips. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and fry for a further 4 minutes.

Add the garlic and smoked paprika and fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced by a third.

Add the spaghetti to the pan of boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Reserve a cup of the cooking water and drain the spaghetti.

Dress the rocket with a little olive oil and salt. Mix the spaghetti through the tomato sauce and if necessary, thin the sauce down with some of the reserved pasta water. Divide the spaghetti between 4 plates, sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and top with the rocket.



voor 4 personen 

400gr spaghetti
175gr gerookte ontbijtspek
1 ui
2 teentjes knoflook
2 theelepels gerookte paprikapoeder
2 blikken tomaatblokjes
75gr geraspte Parmezaan
75gr rucola
4 eetlepels olijfolie
zout en peper

Snijd de ui en knoflook fijn. Snijd het ontbijtspek in kleine reepjes. Breng een pan water met zout aan de kook.

Verwarm een koekenpan op medium vuur met 2 eetlepels olijfolie en bak het ontbijtspek 2-3 minuten. Voeg de ui toe en bak nog eens 4 minuten.

Voeg de knoflook en gerookte paprikapoeder toe en bak 1 minuut. Voeg de tomaten, zout en peper toe en kook zachtjes 10 minuten. Kook 1/3  van de saus in.

Voeg de spaghetti toe aan de pan met kokend water en kook in 8-10 minuten beetgaar. Bewaar een kopje van het kookvocht en giet de spaghetti af.

Maak rucola aan met olijfolie naar smaak. Meng de spaghetti door de tomaten en verdun, indien nodig, met het bewaarde kookvocht. Verdeel de spaghetti over 4 borden, bestrooi met de geraspte Parmezaan en leg wat rucola bovenop.

Soft Polenta with Sausage Ragout

Serves 2

1 onion
1 garlic clove
4 salciccia or Italian sausages
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
1 tin tomato paste
2 sprigs rosemary
120 g quick cook polenta
75 g smoked cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Finely chop the onion, garlic and rosemary leaves. Remove the skins from the sausages. Dissolve a quarter of the chicken stock cube in 100 ml hot water. Bring a pot with 300 ml water to the boil.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Fry the onion for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the sausage meat to the pan, breaking the meat up well with a wooden spoon. Fry for about 3-4 minutes. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, the stock and rosemary to the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes until the liquid has partially reduced.

Add the polenta to the pot of boiling water and cook gently, stirring continuously, for 5 minutes. Grate the smoked cheese; add to the polenta along with some salt and pepper.

Season the sausage ragout with salt and pepper. Divide the polenta between 2 plates and spoon over the ragout.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours

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