Martha Lets Me Down: Bacon, Onion and Cheese Pasta

I’ve been feeling like I don’t make enough pasta. After all, it’s cheap, filling, and often delicious. My problem with pasta, though, is that it’s boring. I grew up on spaghetti and, while delicious, not exactly a cooking challenge.

So, I went looking for new recipes. Martha Stewart has a whole gallery of pasta dishes. Some of them were of no appeal at all, but most of them I dismissed simply because I didn’t have the ingredients in my cupboard and didn’t feel like going to a grocery store after work. So, I settled on this one. With a few substitutions, it seemed straightforward enough.

Guys, for the first time since I started using her recipes, Martha let me down. Sure, it was edible. I even didn’t mind taking it to work the next day. But unless you know for sure you like the flavour of thyme, I wouldn’t recommend trying this without some kind of substitution.

But, here’s the recipe anyway. If you have any brilliant ideas to make this recipe better, please share!

Bacon, Onion, and Cheese Pasta

1/2 package of short pasta, whichever kind you prefer

A whole bunch of thinly sliced back bacon

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbs thyme

1/2 package of cream cheese

Cook your pasta. This might seem a little weird, but when you drain it, reserve some of the water in which you cooked it, about 1 cup.

Cook your bacon. Cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.

Since it’s back bacon, there’s not nearly as much fat as regular bacon, so add a bit of oil to the skillet, just a splash. Add the onions, garlic, and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until the onions are golden brown.

Add the cream cheese and the cup of pasta water to the onion mixture and allow the cream cheese to melt, stirring constantly. Add the pasta to the skillet and mix until coated. Add the bacon.

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    6 responses to “Martha Lets Me Down: Bacon, Onion and Cheese Pasta

    1. Rivikah

      Needs more vegetables.

      And what are you talking about? Thyme is delicious!

      • Probably does. Maybe some pepper? Or celery?

        • Rivikah

          The choice of vegetable makes different dishes. Broccoli like our mother says would work pretty good.

          Or various coloured bell peppers would be a different choice for a dish.

          Or you could even do something like…hmm…Mushrooms and zuccini?

    2. Mom

      Next time try a mix of herbs, oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, parsley. Then you still get a “herb” kind of flavour without one overpowering the other.

      I agree with your sister–needs more vegetables. Try brocolli.

    3. Heather

      I’d try it with a flavoured cream cheese. Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese is my go to lazy sauce.

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