Sunday, September 11, 2011
spaghetti with bacon, breadcrumbs and arugula
Nathan and I made this when he hosted our book club. The selection was Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night, the discussion was riveting and the dinner... was actually better as leftovers.
When I found this recipe I was really excited. Bacon and breadcrumbs and arugula and sun dried tomatoes with spaghetti in a creamy sauce... What could possibly go wrong?
It started off easily enough, when we fried first the panko breadcrumbs and then the breadcrumbs and sun dried tomatoes with some red pepper flakes... While the pasta is boiling, you saute up a little garlic and then add the cream and little reduce a little bit.
Other than that, all that's really left is to put it all together with some grated cheese and the arugula, which gets nice and wilty when tossed with the hot pasta and sauce.
It certainly looked pretty tasty, and honestly it really wasn't bad, and I would even say this recipe is still worth checking out. The only problem was that there wasn't enough creamy sauce, and what sauce that there was got sucked up by the breadcrumbs, which didn't stay as crispy and golden brown as I would have liked.
If I did this again, I would definitely keep the breadcrumbs separate from the rest of the dish, and just sprinkle them atop each serving. I would also keep a little extra pasta water on hand to make sure that there was enough sauce to go around. The flavors are all there on this one; it was just the execution that didn't quite come together. The leftovers with some extra cream were particularly tasty. Everything kind of started sticking together, like when people bake spaghetti pies. So, in conclusion, this wasn't a resounding success, but it still pretty good, and I'm sure that it'd be even better if we gave it a second chance.