Epicurean Supplies and lots of greens. So something quick and easy was called for and pasta always works for me. It is just so versatile with whatever is lurking in the fridge and I always have an assortment of pasta in the pantry.
So in the fridge some swiss chard needing used, a little bacon (bacon makes almost everything better)and some sour cream. In the pantry some chilli flakes and some quinoa (keen-wa!!) pasta I have been meaning to try for some time. I love pasta, love the texture, the flavour, the bite, so I have never been a fan of gluten free pasta. The one time I tried it, granted many moons a go, so things may well have improved since then, it just turned to mush and put me off forever, it was the antithesis to what good pasta should be. I had heard or read somewhere that quinoa pasta was both gluten free and still retained everything I love about pasta so on Friday I finally got round to giving it a go. And yes I was pleasantly surprised. Looked like pasta, tasted like pasta and had that little bit of bite. Very good news for those that love pasta but can't do gluten.
And quinoa is so good for you too!
Thought I can work with that so here you go Linguine with Chilli, Bacon and Greens. Seriously ready in under 15 minutes and quite delicious.
Linguine with Chilli, Bacon and Greens
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 small onion finely chopped
Pinch chilli flakes, if you don't like the heat just leave them out
3-4 rashers bacon, chopped, I used Harmony bacon, local free range bacon, and if you prefer a vegetarian option just leave out the bacon, you could replace with some chopped mushrooms.
Bunch swiss chard, roughly chopped, you could also use spinach, kale, silver beet or cavalo nero, any greens really. If using swiss chard don't discard the stalks just chop them finely, gorgeous colours and they give a little texture too.
Dollop sour cream, creme fraiche or cream would also work.
Salt and Pepper
Pasta for 2 cooked to packet instructions, or I always do a little bit less and make sure to salt the water really well. I used quinoa linguine.