Because it’s so sinfully easy, this should really be called sinfully easy pantry pasta – not to mention the uber generous addition of chopped bacon. It’s REAL bacon now, none of that healthy turkey stuff (which tastes great, too) but c’mon…we gotta live a little.
I threw this quick dinner together while my roomie and I cooked up Sunday dinner for a bunch of our friends who were visiting from out of town. It’s super super quick and I used ingredients that my roomie and I already had on hand. The result? Dehlishous.
1 box spaghetti
0.5 lb breakfast sausage
8 strips fried and chopped bacon
1 bottle Ragu Garlic Alrfedo Sauce
1 bell pepper, seeded & diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup frozen french cut green beans
Step 1: Cook the pasta following direction on the box (not shown). Apologies, I was multitasking with 3 pots on the stove!
Step 2: Fry the bacon on medium heat. When done, allow to cool then roughly chop and set aside. Paula Deen would be proud. Oh wait, she would have wanted me to fry the bacon in butter first.
Step 3: Fry the sausage on medium heat until golden brown. You can use whatever left over meat you have in the fridge for this one: grilled chicken, kielbasa, meatloaf, rotisserie chicken, etc. Just dice them into bite sized pieces.
The roomie had left over sausage and bacon from this morning’s breakfast and she so graciously let me use them (insert big fat grin here). You can use the same pan the bacon cooked in, just drain out the grease. Or, if you’re Paula Deen, add more butter and brown the sausage.
Step 4: When the sausage is cooked, add the diced tomatoes, diced peppers and french-cut green beans.
Ok. If you really want to go the extra lazy mile, you can use 1 can of diced tomatoes (drained) and bottled roasted red peppers. Sometimes life can get a little too hectic and canned and bottled become our best friends. Ain’t no shame in that!
I could probably stop right here and eat this with rice..
Step 5: Check the pasta. When cooked, drain and set aside.
Step 6: When the tomatoes, peppers, and green beans are cooked, add the spaghetti, alfredo sauce, and bacon bits. Mix, mix, mix until evenly combined. Serve & watch them come back for more.
I usually spend a few minutes (ok a bajillion) plating and capturing a nice yummy shot, but this went straight from the pot to the plate. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cooking for friends and family is one of my true joys.
Serve with a few slices of cheesy garlic bread on the side and you’ve got a winner. It’s a tried and true food coma inducer. Having two big comfy couches to sit back and relax on also helps.