Friday, February 4, 2011

Linguine Americana

A pantry-friendly supper.

You might even have these simple ingredients on hand.

I used linguine, but almost any pasta will work.

Linguine Americana
serves 4

3 slices bacon, diced
1 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes (juice included); (diced tomatoes work fine, too)
5 cups chicken stock (or broth)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (plus more to taste)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 ounces linguine, broken into 2-inch long pieces (or other type of pasta)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Saute the bacon in a large stockpot.  Cook until lightly browned but not burned.  Add the onion, stirring well to coat in bacon drippings.  Saute for 7-8 minutes over medium-high heat, until onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic, carrots, and celery, mixing well with onion, and saute for 10 minutes until tender.  Add can of tomatoes, juice and all.  Bring to a simmer and then add the chicken stock.  Add salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil and add the pasta (be sure to break the linguine into 2-inch-long pieces).  Cook for about 10-12 minutes, until pasta is "al dente", the Italian expression for cooked pasta that is still firm, but not hard.  You'll need to stir the pot frequently as there will not be an abundance of liquid in which to cook the pasta. 

(Alternatively, you could cook the pasta in a separate pot of boiling water, drain it, and add to  the carrot/celery/chicken stock sauce.  But the pasta won't absorb all of the yummy flavors that way.) 

Taste the sauce, and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

About the time the pasta is al dente, you will be left with a lovely sauce in the pot.  If it is too runny and soupy, continue to cook a bit longer.

Serve and garnish with the cheese.

Recipe adapted from here -- TLC Cooking.

Linguine e Americana


Unknown said...

I'm gonna' need some Ginny-lessons in pantry stocking. For this recipe, I have part of the broth, bacon, pepper and salt.