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Spaghetti aglio, olio avec bacon

Decided to make dinner for the family this evening and came across Jamie Oliver's Spaghetti aglio, olio, & spring greens. Instead of the spring greens I decided to go for bacon as we've been eating a lot of healthy, non-meat based meals lately and I needed some meat in my life.

We had a salad to start, which was made with:

a few handfuls of spinach
half a block of organic feta
a vine of mini tomatoes
half an avocado
a swig of lemon olive oil & a sprinkling of salt and pepper

Fresh and organic way to start off any meal!

The pasta also doesn't require a lot of ingredients.

a handful of spaghetti
3 garlic cloves
a handful of homemade parsley (or shop bought)
a tablespoon of chilli flakes
4 rashers of bacon
half a lemon
olive oil, salt & pepper, and parmesan cheese

As the salad is quite a quick and easy task, I would suggest making that whilst your pasta is in the saucepan. Allow the water to start boiling and then add a handful of spaghetti. Leave the pasta in for around 5/6 minutes and then take off the heat, saving one cup of the water it was boiled in and draining the rest.

Then chop up your bacon, garlic and parsley, placing the garlic and parsley to one side of the chopping board.

Allowing your pasta to drain, start cooking your bacon in a large pan, waiting until is browns and becomes crispy. Then place your bacon on a plate, leaving the fat in the pan. Add olive oil to the pan and add your chopped garlic. Leave this for about 1 minute and then add your chilli flakes for around 30 seconds before adding your leftover water from the pasta.

Once the water is around half of what it was when it started, then add your pasta and bacon to the pan. Mixing it all together. Once it's thoroughly mixed, add the parsley and a little salt and pepper. Squeeze on the lemon, top with parmesan and serve to your guests.

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