So last night we decided to try a variation on an old favorite. When Meg was sharing a house with a young lady named Emily, she was introduced to one of the tastiest and easiest meals in the world.
Dead simple to make and extremely tasty.
It doesn’t have a name although you could call it Emily’s Pasta Dish. The main ingredients for the original dish are bacon, flat mushrooms, green and red pepper, pasta and cheese.
Now just in case you didn’t notice the bacon –which I helpfully highlighted in italics and bold print– I’ll point it out again. This lovely delicious treat has artery hardening, cholesterol raising, heart attack inducing bacon in it.
We decided to substitute the real bacon with Quorn bacon.
Now I don’t know if you remember or not, but I did say in another post that my first introduction to Quorn was not a roaring success. The texture was wrong and it didn’t taste quite right. Interestingly enough it was ham, another pork product, and I had a similar problem with the ersatz Quorn bacon. Meg noticed immediately that it looked more like bacon shaped baloney. I hasten to add it was shaped like English bacon. I had to agree.
Further more, to me at any rate, it tasted like baloney. I consider myself a bit of an expert as I used to dearly love fried baloney sandwiches. I know, you are sitting there thinking, “And this man is surprised that he had a heart attack?” But if you notice the operative part of the sentence is the phrase, ‘used to.’
Now the more crunchy portions of the Quorn bacon did taste a bit like bacon, but the less crispy bits did not. The dish was still enjoyable in many ways, it just did not taste as good as the rest of the Quorn dishes we’ve tried.
I guess there really is no perfect substitute for good old greasy, crisp bacon.
The recipe is as follows –if you are still interested:
4 slices of bacon (real or substitute)
3 – 4 flat mushrooms (by all means use organic ones if you wish)
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
2 – 4 bowls of cooked pasta (we use the twist aka Fusilli pasta, again you can use whole wheat or any variation)
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
grated light cheese for topping.
If you use American style “streaky bacon” you won’t need to add any oil to your frying pan.
First start slowly frying your bacon in a pan big enough to hold your bacon, mushrooms and peppers.
Start boiling your water for your pasta
While you’re boiling and frying, cut your flat mushrooms into medium-sized pieces and then do the same to your peppers. (I’m sure everyone knows this already but, don’t forget to get rid of the seeds)
Once your bacon is cooked to your level of satisfaction (crispy or not) add the cut mushrooms and peppers.
Continue to cook the bacon with the mushrooms and peppers until done.
Once your pasta is al dente enough drain the water from the pan.
Now drain the excess liquid from the frying pan.
*If you time it right, the pasta and the other ingredients will all be ready at the same time.*
Add your bacon, mushrooms and peppers to the cooked pasta and stir.
Once you’ve plated up the dish, add the grated cheese to taste.
This is a great recipe for students or someone who doesn’t want to spend a long time preparing a delicious meal.
Please excuse the blurriness of the photo, I was starving and had a hard time holding my phone still!
There is one thing I need to mention. The Quorn bacon might not have tasted like real bacon but, the dish was a lot “cleaner” with it. Making the dish with real bacon is “yummier” but “greasier.” It’s really up to you whether or not you use real Porky Pig bacon or not.
If you try it out, let me know what you think of it. Is it better with real bacon or did you prefer the imitation bacon.
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