Linguine with Bacon and Onions

by Cate on August 17, 2009

Linguini with Bacon and Onions

First off, thank you so much for your very kind comments the other day.  I really appreciate it, more than you’ll ever know.  The situation is not without its challenges, of course, but the kids and I are fine.  As cliched as it might be, and sometimes it’s hard to see at the time, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and certain aspects of this particular situation have definitely proven that.  Now we’re all about navigating our way through a new normal … onward and upward.  And now enough of life for a bit … back to food!

Last week I was working terribly hard on using up as much of the refrigerator and freezer contents as I could.  The last time we moved, the fresh/frozen food aspect of it was disasterous.  The refrigerator was the first thing loaded on to the truck, so by the time it came off and got hooked up some 11 hours later, all the food that we had in the coolers had to be thrown away.  You can imagine how much that pained me, especially replacing all the condiments, so I definitely learned my lesson this time and the refrigerator was the last thing loaded on the truck this weekend, and the first off.

I had a package of bacon in the freezer, and remembering that fact happened to coincide nicely with reading a letter to the editor in Rachael Ray’s magazine, exhalting the praises of her Linguine with Bacon and Onions recipe.  Dinner it was.   I have to say, it might have turned my stomach just a little bit, cooking the onions in the bacon grease, but I soldiered on.  All in the name of emptying out the freezer, right?  Right.  This recipe is a very close cousin to Spaghetti Carbonara, which is a favorite of the kids, but different enough that it’s its own animal.  The sauce is a little bit creamier than the more well-known recipe and hey, let’s be honest here – anything topped with crispy bacon is starting us off on the right foot.  Know what I mean?

It comes together very quickly, dirties only two pots, is great for a weeknight and, perhaps most importantly, is kid-approved.  Winner winner, spaghetti dinner.  Go get ’em.

Linguine with Bacon and Onions
Recipe courtesy of Everyday with Rachael Ray

  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 3/4 pound bacon, chopped
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • parmesan cheese, for sprinkling

In boiling, salted water, cook the linguine until al dente; reserve 1-1/2 cups pasta cooking water. In a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Discard all but 3 tablespoons bacon fat, then add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until softened. Add the pasta cooking water and bring to a boil. Stir in the linguine and remove from the heat. Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time. Add the bacon, season with pepper and sprinkle with parmesan.

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pamela August 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Sounds and looks good. My kids LOVE bacon, so maybe they would eat this…never know, right? Sounds like the move went well, and I’m happy for you about that.


Merry August 17, 2009 at 11:49 pm

This looks very yummy! I didn’t leave a comment the other day b/c I wasn’t sure what to say. You seem like such a strong woman/mom & I know that your family will move onward & upward. You and your amazing kids will have a wonderful life full of surprises that you can’t even imagine yet!


Jess August 18, 2009 at 6:05 am

You had me at kid-approved. Darn picky eaters. I think my kiddos my go for this one.


Sarah Caron August 18, 2009 at 7:29 am

Anything with bacon sounds good to me! That pasta looks mighty delish. And the idea of onions cooked in bacon grease brings back wonderful childhood memories.


Joanne August 18, 2009 at 8:19 am

You are so right – bacon makes everything better. I am glad you guys seem to be starting off so well in your new home! This pasta looks delicious. It is definitely bookmarked.

I think you are right about the fact that everything happens for a reason. Thinking that has such a calming effect on me.


Natasha - 5 Star Foodie August 18, 2009 at 8:34 am

Mmm… yummy pasta, crispy bacon is wonderful!


leslie August 18, 2009 at 8:50 am

Cant get much easier than that!


Cathy August 18, 2009 at 8:54 am

You can never go wrong with bacon :) Glad to hear you are feeling positive about your changes!!!


J. August 18, 2009 at 9:57 am

this looks DELICIOUS. printing it out!!


Tyanne August 18, 2009 at 10:10 am

Wow, this looks yummy.


Debbie August 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

The pasta would be the star in my house…then the bacon!


Laura August 18, 2009 at 1:50 pm

this looks great


Ramona August 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Looks good and easy to make.


maris August 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

You’re lucky to have kids who eat onions – my brother is 22 and I still have to leave it out of everything! Or disguise it well :)


Donna August 21, 2009 at 7:00 am

Oh yes, this sounds absolutely delicious!


Starnesfam August 21, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Just made this and my family LOVED it. I was apprehensive, but they absolutely did!


Ashley August 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Ooh! I really love quick and easy RR recipes – this looks great!


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