Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon

Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon Recipe

What's better than a big old plate of warm, flavorful pasta? How about going back for seconds? LOL This recipe for Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon will have you doing just that.

I found this recipe in the February 2013 issue of Bon Appétit magazine as I was paging through my huge stack of food magazines trying to whittle down the stack into something manageable. Ha! Like that will ever happen.

Pappardelle pasta with sauteed leeks and bacon.

I don't cook with leeks very often but ever time I do, I wonder why I don't cook with leeks more often. To me leeks are a truly fascinating vegetable. They're like scallions on steroids. But even better than that, when you slice them in half, and you see all the layers and layers of oniony goodness all nestled up inside themselves, it's quite incredible and awe inspiring. Then when I splayed the layers apart with my fingers, like a deck or cards, it almost brings me to tears. Not onion tears mind you, but tears of joy at something so beautiful and delicious.

The one thing you do have to be aware of when you're cooking with leeks however is that you need to make sure to clean them properly. It is because of all those wonderful layers of flavors that sometimes a little dirt and grit can get trapped inside. Always make it a practice to soak halved leeks in bowl or sink full of water so the dirt and grit has an opportunity to fall away and not end up in your completed dish. It only takes an extra couple of minutes to do but is so, so worth it!

Here's how to prepare this dish (recipe follows). It's fast and oh so flavorful. Definitely company worthy and yet it's something you could easily whip together on any random Tuesday night for a quick family friendly meal. Oh, and don't feel like you're locked into using pappardelle with this recipe. Any of your favorite pastas would work equally well here...

Prepare the leeks by cutting off the root end and most of the deep green stalks. Slice the white and light green part in half and soak in cold water to release the dirt and grit. Splay the layers with your fingers to make sure you've cleaned them properly. Drain thoroughly and cut into thin slices.

Sauté the leeks in the same pan as the bacon, making sure you've drained all but approximately 1 tablespoons of fat. Add butter and season with dried thyme, salt and pepper. Add in the cooked bacon, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese (photo not shown).

Meanwhile, cook the pappardelle just shy of the package directions. Drain the pasta, add olive oil and stir in the leek and cream mixture, Toss and serve.

Pappardelle pasta with leeks and bacon is simple and flavorful!

Servings: 4-6       Prep Time: 10 minutes        Cook Time: 15 minutes

1/2 pound of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled (set aside) Reserving approximately 1 tablespoon       grease in the skillet.
1 tablespoon butter
2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned and sliced
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1¼ cups heavy cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound pappardelle pasta (or your favorite shape), cooked according to the package directions and           drained.
2 tablespoons olive oil

-In the same large skillet in which you cooked your bacon, saute the sliced leeks in the butter and the reserved bacon grease over medium heat.
-Stir in the salt, pepper, thyme and cooked bacon.
-Stir in the heavy cream and the Parmesan cheese. Simmer on low for approximately 5 minutes.
-Drain the pasta and gently stir in the 2 tablespoons oil.
-Add the leek and cream mixture into the pasta and toss to coat.
-Serve immediately.

Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon / Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Mmmmm. Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon is out-of-this-world delicious and would pair perfectly with a nice glass of white or red wine, and DOTS the truth! Cheers to good food and some really cute painted glassware ;)

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