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Spaghetti with Escarole and Bacon

Source: Quick from Scratch - Vegetable Main Dishes
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  15 Minutes
  Serves 4
Crisp bacon complements escarole so well that you may be tempted to sauté the greens in the bacon fat, but don't do it; the bacon will then overwhelm the greens completely. Use olive oil instead, which will bring all the flavors together.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Bacon:
1/4 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
For Escarole:
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1-1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 head escarole (about 1-1/2 pounds), leaves cut into 1/2-inch strips (about 3 quarts)
2/3 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
For Pasta:
3/4 pound spaghetti
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon butter
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DIRECTIONS
FOR BACON: In a large deep frying pan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Pour off all the fat from the pan.


FOR ESCAROLE: In the same pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic, red-pepper flakes, and anchovy paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the escarole, a little at a time, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the broth and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook, covered, for 5 minutes.


FOR PASTA: Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the spaghetti until just done, about 12 minutes.


TO SERVE: Drain the pasta; add it to the pan with the escarole. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, the Parmesan, bacon, and butter.


Variations:
  • Stir in a cup of drained canned cannellini beans when you add the broth in Step 2.
  • Add two tablespoons of chopped fresh basil just before serving.


WINE RECOMMENDATION: Italian white wines were made for dishes like this one. Soave, Orvieto, Frascati--all are based on the trebbiano grape and have the crisp, neutral, refreshing taste and light body that allow the pasta to take center stage.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 636
Fat. Total: 30g
Fiber: 7g
Carbohydrates, Total: 71g
Sodium: 998mg
% Cal. from Fat: 42%
Cholesterol: 34mg
Protein: 20g
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