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.
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