A Restaurant-quality meal, made in 30 minutes at home.
- 8oz pasta shells
- 6 slices of thick cut bacon
- For vegetarian friends, use 2 Tbsp. butter instead
- 1/2 white onion, diced finely
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1/4-1/3 cup heavy cream(adjust for desired level of creaminess)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- salt, pepper, nutmeg
Mise en place. Bring water for pasta to a boil, cover and cook pasta to doneness. Finely dice the onion and mince garlic. Measure out the ricotta, heavy cream and give that spinach a clean. For optimal mouthfeel, I recommend roughly chopping the spinach.
Bust out that skillet, cast iron is magic, everything will be done in this skillet. For my vegetarian friends not using bacon, melt your butter. If using, cook up bacon, leaving fat in the pan and removing strips, chopping into chunks. Add garlic and onion to skillet, stir while cooking for 2 minutes. Add chopped spinach, salt and pepper. Starting with 1/4 cup, add in heavy cream and 1 cup ricotta cheese. Mix until creamy, adjust as desired.
Toss cooked shells and bacon into mixture. Taste and adjust with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Viola
Last but not least, enjoy this! Sit down with a glass of red wine, a book, a record, a friend, a pet, whatever it is that you love and need. Savor every bite, this stuff is GOOOOOD! Eat until pleasantly full. Do this by checking in with taste buds at the start and middle of your meal. Check in with your tummy and your future self. We want this meal to be totally satisfying, which includes post meal comfort.