Bacon Mushroom Pasta is my usual, super quick, easy meal choice if I have not much time to cook or inspiration to come up with something more sophisticated. I love it because it delivers bags of my favourite flavours and contains ingredients I almost always have in my pantry. It is also an easy, comfort dish, perfect for the cool weather like we have here in Guernsey now, and to put it together you need only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes. Pretty perfect!
Ok, This is going to be very simple. I bet you cooked Bacon Mushroom Pasta in the past, so I am not going to try to convince you to it. You either love the flavours or you don’t.
If you do, I’d encourage you to experiment with this classic dish to make it a little extra special and truly yours.
Bacon Mushroom Pasta recipe twists
In my version of the bacon and mushroom combination, if I can, I like to use smoked, cured and cooked bacon from a Polish meat producer, with very long traditions called Morliny (most Polish grocery shops have it along with other excellent Morliny sausages and cured meats). If there isn’t a Polish store nearby where you live try the Polish, imported bacon from HolanDeli at Amazon in Grocery & Gourmet Food section.
Unlike bacon we all got used to, the Polish bacon is not pumped with water, so when you fry it it doesn’t dry out to the point where it crumbles. It is dense and rich in flavour, browns beautifully and has a fantastic, slightly smoked and salty taste, which I have simply never experienced from any other bacon than Polish. (For my friends in Guernsey: you can get Morliny products like bacon, sausages etc. in the Alliance store!)
Another thing you could do to refresh the bacon mushroom pasta experience is to use wild mushrooms instead of the Portabella or white, closed cup ones. You can also soak up some dry mushrooms in a bit of boiling water, which you’d use as a sauce to add to the earthy, forest like fragrance to your bacon mushroom pasta sauce.
A touch of truffle oil, maybe a splash of single cream and thyme, parsley or marjoram? A few cherry tomatoes, maybe? (I am always happy to find a way and sneak a few of these into any dish!) Or maybe even a few soaked raisins – that’s a twist that lifts the flavours beautifully in the sour, smoky, meaty and sweet Polish style, 14th Century Hunter’s Stew I shared a while ago.
It works like magic!
Use wet garlic (it’s in season now!) or if you can get hold of it, the smoked garlic! Bacon mushroom pasta begs for garlic and it is up to you to add as much or as little of it as you like. Most importantly, don’t skip this ingredient. In my opinion, garlic is a must in this recipe.
So, keep it lively and interesting! You can easily transform your bacon mushroom pasta with a little bit of imagination and courage. Have fun with it and enjoy!
- 150g best quality bacon - diced (you can use Pancetta instead). I love Polish Morliny or Cured and Smoked Bacon from HolanDeli on Amazon
- 4 garlic cloves - chopped
- 150g mushrooms - I used a mixture of (shop-bought) fresh, wild mushrooms
- 2 servings of gluten free pasta - cooked as per instructions on the packaging
- 2-3 tablespoons single cream
- Olive oil - 1 splash or as needed if your bacon is very lean and need some help to brown.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley or cilantro and Parmesan cheese.
- Set your pasta to boil.
- In a separate pan, on medium heat, brown bacon. Add a splash of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter if there is not enough fat on it.
- Add garlic and as soon as it starts to turn straw colour follow with chopped mushrooms.
- Coat the mushrooms with the juices in the pan, mix it all well and cover for a minute. Stir well and when you see that the mushrooms have cooked through stir in the cream.
- Drain the pasta and add to the pan with bacon and mushrooms. Mix it all well and serve immediately with a sprinkle of parsley or cilantro over and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
If you love pasta, try my authentic, 30 min ITALIAN BACON GARLIC PASTA WITH TOMATO SAUCE – you’re in for a treat again, my friend! Annnnd, if you want even more pasta visit my full of amazing Pasta Time Board on Pinterest!