bacon bocconcini basil pasta

This is one of the quickest and yummiest dinners you can make. Essentially it’s a warm pasta salad. I highly recommend it for both no-fuss entertaining and those tired week night dinners.

Pasta, fresh is best but dry is fine too
Bacon, sliced (fat and rind removed)
Red onion, sliced (not too thin)
Basil, roughly chopped
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Olive oil
Bocconcini or fresh mozzarella, roughly chopped
Rocket, torn, or use as a bed to place pasta on top of when plating up
Pine nuts, roasted*

Cook the pasta in some lightly salted water, then drain.
Fry bacon until browning then add onion.
Turn the heat off, add the tomatoes and basil to the pan. There is enough residual heat in the pan to warm the tomatoes, we don’t want them to turn to mush so no fiddle-fussing.
Combine pasta and with the bacon and tomato ‘sauce’, drizzle some olive oil in and give it a gentle mix. Add the rocket now if you are mixing it through.
Depending on how soft your bocconcini is you can mix it through the pasta (which is likely to melt it a little) or place it on top of each dish.
Finally, sprinkle with pine nuts.

* Dry fry your pine nuts in the same pan before you cook the bacon, that will save on the washing up. Don’t leave them alone, they burn and go bitter really quickly. Gently keep them moving and remove them as soon as they begin to turn golden.

bacon boconccini pasta salad

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