I’ve decided that I am going to do a feature (every now and then, don’t hold me to it each week) called 5 Ingredient Friday! To help make dinner a little easier, I present, for the first 5 Ingredient Friday, Rigatoni with Bacon, Parmesan and Leeks.
The March Issue of FOOD Magazine was calling our name before we even saw the cover. My sisters boyfriend got it for us as a “gift” because after 5 years, he knows us pretty well. It was dubbed “The Bacon Issue” and featured over 108 recipes featuring bacon of some sort.
Of course I knew that I was going to have to make something right away. The cover photo looked fantastic and so it won.
This is such an easy and light dish, it’s great as a side dish, or even as a light main course. Charlie said it needed more meat and recommended adding chicken next time. I liked it on it’s own. If you need more protein, by all means, add some chicken.
The 5 ingredients you will need are;
- Rigatoni Noodles (or other short pasta)
- Bacon (6 slices)
- Parmesan Cheese (grated, about 1/2 cup)
- Leeks (1 stalk, thinnly sliced and rinsed)
- Heavy Cream (about 1 cup)
Start by boiling salted water for your pasta. Follow package directions for cooking pasta.
Next, cook your bacon in a large pot, until crisp. While the bacon cooks, prepare your leeks.
Slice your leeks in half, and then thinly slice the white and green parts…
Place them in a colander and rinse them very well, leeks get pretty dirty and gritty.
Remove bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Once cooled, crumble and reserve. Saute leeks in the bacon drippings, until tender. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the cream and cook until it begins to thicken.
Add your cheese and crumbled, reserved bacon (save a little bit for garnish) Stir until incorporated. Drain your pasta, reserving some of the pasta water. Toss your pasta into your cream sauce. If needed, thin sauce with a bit of the pasta water.
Serve in a bowl and top with the saved cheese and bacon. Sprinkle with fresh parsley is desired.
It was so delicious!
Really, such a simple, easy and elegant dish! Bravo to FOOD Magazine!
Have you tried this dish? If not, you need to! What other things would you like to see in a future 5 ingredient Friday? I love easy dishes! Bring it on!