BLT Pasta (w/ vegetarian option)

 

 
BLT pasta
 
 

Earlier this year I tried out a BLT mac & cheese. My family loved it, so when I saw a different kind of BLT pasta, I had to give it a try!

 

This pasta is packed with tons of healthy veggies, and topped with a beautiful, light sauce. The colors make it irresistible to eat, and really draw in the younger kids.

 

I had some black pasta on had, so I did half & half with regular wheat pasta to add even more color. Those of you who shy away from veggies, please don’t let this one scare you off. Believe it or not, I am the biggest fan of tomatoes. I love marinara sauce, salsa, ketchup, just not plain tomatoes. The veggies in this dish are caramelized & sauted to perfection, and really taste amazing. So please do give it a try.

 

One last IMPORTANT note about the optional crushed red pepper. Being a lover of spicy foods, I thought that kick would be an awesome touch to this pasta. Since I was serving this to the kids too, I made some with and without.

 

At the first bite, Darryl (the vegetarian who hates veggies) said ” Wow, this is fresh… delicious!” 15 seconds later…. “YIKES! That spice burned all the flavor off my mouth!” I totally felt the same way. The heat kicks in a couple seconds later, and really wipes the flavor off your pallet. Because of that, I really would leave that spice out. I hope you all love this as much as we did! 

XO – Corey

 
Makes 4 servings. What you need!
1 tbsp olive oil
4 Strips of cooked bacon (or veggie bacon)
1.5 cup halved grape tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 cup thinly sliced leeks
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup low-sodium chicken both (or veggie broth)
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp pepper
8 oz dry bucatini or spaghetti
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1/4 tsp minced fresh thyme
 Optional-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper. 
 
 
1. First thinly slice your leeks…
(ps… if you have not worked with leeks before, they can hold a lot of sand. So make sure to rise well before you start slicing.)
… and slice cherry tomatoes in half.
2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package. 
3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Caramelize tomatoes and sugar in the skillet over a medium heat. Cook until the tomatoes begin to brown, 5 minutes.
4. Add leeks, saute until wilted, about 4 minutes. 
5. Deglaze skillet with the 1/4 cup wine. Simmer until liquid in nearly evaporated. 
6. Add broth, vinegar, pepper ( and optional crushed red pepper). Simmer until liquid is reduced by a third, about 5 minutes. 
7. Add spinach, thyme, cooked, diced bacon (or veggie bacon), and pasta to the tomato mixture. Toss to coat, season with salt & serve!
Sooooo good!
Kiddos loved it!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BLT Pasta (w/ vegetarian option)
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • - 4 Strips of cooked bacon (or veggie bacon)
  • 1.5 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken both (or veggie broth)
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8 oz dry bucatini or spaghetti
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • ¼ tsp minced fresh thyme
  • Optional-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper.
Instructions
  1. First thinly slice your leeks
  2. and slice cherry tomatoes in half.
  3. (ps... if you have not worked with leeks before, they can hold a lot of sand. So make sure to rise well before you start slicing.)
  4. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package.
  5. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet. Caramelize tomatoes and sugar in the skillet over a medium heat. Cook until the tomatoes begin to brown, 5 minutes.
  6. Add leeks, saute until wilted, about 4 minutes.
  7. Deglaze skillet with the ¼ cup wine. Simmer until liquid in nearly evaporated.
  8. Add broth, vinegar, pepper ( and optional crushed red pepper). Simmer until liquid is reduced by a third, about 5 minutes.
  9. Add spinach, thyme, cooked, diced bacon (or veggie bacon), and pasta to the tomato mixture. Toss to coat, season with salt & serve!
 

Comments

  1. Pasta my favorite food and that’s good look. its very tasty food and awesome posting . yummy
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  2. Corey, I love all the colors in this dish! Great recipe. Healthy and delish!! :)xoxo~

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