Recipe Alert! Bacon Mushroom Ragu PastaWritten by Lillian Tram on June 16th, 2015
Whoa! Check out this Bacon Mushroom Ragu Pasta Recipe!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Cooking Italian with Delicious Bacon
If you want something that is easy and fairly quick to make with excellent yumminess, this Bacon Mushroom Ragu is it, seriously. I was a bit apprehensive about what the kids would say about the mushrooms, they’re not fans of the fungus family…yet, though I am determined to develop an appreciation for them in the kids. The original recipe I found calls for a pound of ground turkey, and you can certainly use that as opposed to the lesser amount of Italian sausage, but I mean it’s Italian sausage.
To soothe over the possible apocalypse of mushrooms in their food, I made up a batch of my roasted garlic no-knead bread the night before. It must have worked because not only did they not shoot me with their dagger eyes, they said, “Mom, this is the bomb!” Whew! As those of you with teens will know, there is apparently no higher praise than “being the bomb”. Enough talking, make this, eat this, and fantasize about making it again; I know I am.
2 tbsp. oil
8-10 strips of bacon, chopped in small pieces
1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped (keep 1 tbsp. for garnish)
½ lb of Italian sausage (I used the hot links, they were fantastic)
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
Salt and pepper
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 cups stock
1 lb. penne ziti pasta
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
In a large skillet, heat the oil and add the bacon, cooking until the fat melts, about 3 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and 2 tbsp. of thyme, stirring until the mushrooms are brown, about 5 more minutes.
Add the onion and cook another 5 minutes.
Lastly, add the ground turkey to the skillet with garlic, breaking the meat into tiny pieces as it cooks.
Cook for about 5 minutes until the meat is done.
Add the tomato paste and stir for about 1 minute.
Stir in the stock and bring to a boil; simmer on low while the pasta cooks.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, minus 1-2 minutes, cooking it al dente.
Drain and place the pasta in a large bowl, adding the melted butter.
Pour the bacon and mushroom ragu sauce over the pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese and fresh thyme; serve.
Watch as everyone devours this bacon Italian inspired goodness!
Adapted from The Reluctant Entertainer