I do like a quick and easy pasta dish for a mid-week dinner, especially when it’s as comforting and tasty as this one. The other great thing about pasta dishes is that they are generally very adaptable so if you haven’t gone food shopping yet you’re bound to find something in the back of your fridge or cupboard that you can add to or substitute ingredients. In this recipe, for instance, you could use as little or as much bacon as you like or omit it altogether, and I’m certain that a little leftover chicken thrown in would be fabulous. Just make sure to thoroughly reheat the chicken in the pan until piping hot all the way through.
Stilton, Broccoli & Smoked Bacon Pasta
160g pasta such as fusilli
4-6 rashes of smoked bacon
80g Blue Stilton
2tbls cream cheese
Approx. 200g broccoli
Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and then add the pasta and simmer until al dente.
Roughly chop the broccoli and steam or simmer (I put it in the same pan as the pasta about 4 minutes before it was due to be drained.
While the pasta is cooking cut the rind and excess fat off the bacon and cut it into slices. Sautée it in a pan with a dash of olive oil over a medium heat until cooked.
Add the Stilton and cream cheese to the bacon and stir until the cheese melts. Add 2-4 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to losing the mixture and form a sauce consistency. Add the drained pasta and broccoli to the pan and mix well to coat it in the sauce. Season to taste and serve immediately.