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May 9, 2012

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon

I am sad to say that about ten years ago I gave into the whole steamed vegetable craze and went all in. I literally steamed every vegetable I could for almost a year. My husband was great about it for the most part, he only complained a few times. However, even I became burnt out with steamed vegetables, they can get really boring when not accompanied by any sauce etc. That's when I discovered roasted vegetables and fell in love. Roasting vegetables can make even the most mundane veggie delicious. My youngest child had his first table food as roasted carrots and absolutely loved it. It is the one way of preparing vegetables that I can guarantee that my two kids will eat. Given my family's love of roasted veggies I was intrigued when Martha Stewart Living had a recipe for Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon, combining multiple family favorites.
This recipe has 10 ingredients. It takes 15 minutes of prep and 45 minutes of total time and makes 4 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no ingredient modifications. I did double the recipe since it only made 4 servings and I like having leftovers. The recipe chops the bacon and then fries it, I prefer to make my bacon crisp and then chop it. I feel that the bacon has a better crispiness and flavor when done that way. For the bacon I used thick-cut, it really is great in recipes and makes really crispy bacon. I followed the remainder of the recipe as followed.
The bacon in this recipe is delicious. Along with the roasted vegetables it creates a great flavor that everyone in my family enjoyed. I liked how easy this dish was to prepare and the sweet potatoes give the pasta a nice sweet taste. The leftovers heated up very well for lunches the next day. I hadn't used orecchiette pasta many times before and I was very impressed, I will definitely try it again soon! Overall, another easy and flavorful pasta recipe.

For the recipe go to Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Bacon.

14 comments:

  1. You are so right about roasted vegetables. I LOVE roasted veggies! Better yet, my husband likes them, too and he is not a veggie fan!

    This recipe looks great (as always!) and I love your tip about the bacon, cooking it and then chopping it up. Thanks, Frugal!

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    1. My husband loves roasted vegetables also :) The bacon does come out crispier frying it first, especially with the thick cut bacon. Plus it doesn't stick together like it does when it is chopped first.

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    2. I made this last week and it came out so good! I cooked the bacon first, as you suggested, and it was so much better! Easier to chop up, too. Thanks, Frugal! :)

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    3. I'm glad that it turned out so well! The cooking the bacon first trick really does work well, cutting up raw bacon can be a real struggle!

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  2. Roasted veggies are so amazing! I totally agree - beets, carrots, onions etc. Yum!

    This recipe looks great! We love oriechetti and will have to give ist a try soon. Thank you! - Bea

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    1. Roasted veggies are amazing and very easy. Tell me if you like the recipe if you end up trying it :)

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  3. I love roasted vegetables ever since I got an oven 4 years ago. Love experimenting with many vegetables. The pasta looks so colorful and I envy you as I do not get disc shaped pasta here. Very rare.

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    1. I love trying different roasted vegetables as well. I just started roasting asparagus last year and it is delicious! I had never had the disc shaped pasta before, but it worked great and I will definitely be using it again!

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  4. Hey! Great to see you my blog hop friend! :) Your dishes always look sooo good! You really have some wonderful recipes. -You're a great cook! :D Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments! Have a great day also!

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  5. I think I will try this next week - it's looks lovely! New follower from a hop. Great Blog!

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    1. Thanks, it turned out great and was very easy!

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    1. Come back and tell me how it turned out if you end up making it :)

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