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Linguini Alfredo with Bacon

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Okay…I am about to be real serious.

 

This is probably one of the most delicious pasta dishes I have EVER eaten.  I clipped it from a magazine and put it in my personal recipe collection, where it had been neglected for at least 1-2 years. Last night Tom and I were relatively sure that we did not have adequate ingredients to make anything at home.  Then I thought about the delicious maple flavored, applewood smoked bacon we had sitting in the fridge, and I remembered this baby…

We cooked this dinner up in about 20 minutes AND we had every single ingredient on hand!  Well, kind of…we did substitute linguini for fettuccine, but besides that we were all good!

So basically, you need to check this out immediately.  Nom nom nom (also, yes, there IS salad in the background!).

Linguini Alfredo with Bacon

Makes about 3 servings.  Adapted from Cooking Light’s Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package linguini
  • 5 slices applewood-smoked bacon, chopped (preferably maple flavored if you can get some!)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • salt, pepper, parsley and cayenne pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil and do any necessary prep work for sauce. Cook bacon; reserve grease (oh I know, this is bad), turn heat to medium-low. Begin cooking pasta.
  2. While pasta is cooking, add minced garlic to reserved bacon grease.  Let brown.
  3. Slowly add flour to pan.  Let brown.  Slowly add milk, stirring constantly.  Allow to thicken and bubble slightly.
  4. Add cheese slowly, stirring constantly.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Combine with linguini in medium size serving bowl.  Add bacon crumbles to top and stir.  Enjoy!

ALSO: I have a new Twitter account where I will be tweeting about other daily dabbling!  It is: @AlexIsDabbling !  Follow me, tweet at me, tell me what you want! xoxo

Delectable Dinners!

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Hello again, my lovelies.

This afternoon I thought I would share some of the delicious dinners that the BF and I made last week in our sweet, little city apartment.  🙂

View out the living room window of our sweet, little apartment

First up:  The Pioneer Woman’s Mac and Cheese

Okay, so as food blog freaks and Food Network addicts might know, the Pioneer Woman recently got her own show!  I have been a massive fan of her site for the past…4 or so years, and I, for one, truly believe that her positive attitude and passion for butter were in need of another media platform.

To move along with this story, Tom and I were watching her show and had the image of her making some amazingly delicious looking Mac and Cheese burned into our heads.  Friday night we were invited to a dinner party with some fresh new law school people and decided that this was the time to make the full, behemoth recipe!

Fair warning: a group of 3 women and 5 young men barely put a dent in this massive amount of dinner delight.  I would HIGHLY advise halving the recipe if you are only trying to feed a small (or normal size) family or are not a fan of having a few days worth of leftovers.  As previously discussed, I love leftovers, so we are all good here!

My one and only change/suggestion would be to skip putting it in the oven.   You should have seen the ooey-gooeyness of this mac and cheese before the oven!!! While it was still tasty, I am pretty sure skipping the baking is the way to go.

Anyways, check this stuff out:

Now go make it!

NEXT: Thai Peanut Chicken with Rice Noodles

This is a favorite of Tom and mine.  Usually Tom makes the dish with coconut rice (OMG SO GOOD) rather than rice noodles, but alas we have neither rice cooker nor pot with lid, so we had to change it up.   We were really happy with how this turned out, and again, wound up with a BUNCH of leftovers.  I highly recommend trying out this recipe.  It is pretty cheap to make (although you do have to invest in a few more exotic ingredients), has VEGGIES, and could easily be made cheaper/vegetarian with some tofu instead of chicken.

Mmmmmmmmmm (and yes, that is a strawberry-kiwi mojito in the background….recipe to come if we ever get it just right…).

Well that is all for now!  xoxo ❤

Settle an internal debate

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I have a certain (awesome) college friend coming to dinner tomorrow night and I am trying to pick out something delicious to make!  I am leaning toward 2 types of enchiladas- corn and black bean (aka vegetarian) and ground beef with a red sauce, but am pretty tempted by these two other options…

Check out these links and vote on what you think I should make!

Creamy Caprese Pasta

Deep Dish Sausage Pizza

Thanks for the help!