January 28, 2009

Here Comes the Sun, Little Darlin'

I’m trying to talk the Spousal Unit into building our house off the grid, but he’s resisting. He’s old school (really old school) and still refers to email as “internet letters”. He can’t use the DVD without calling one of the kids for help, and he thought my IPod was a new remote control for the television.
I have to use all my super powers to try to talk him into anything that’s 21st century. Or the 20th century for that matter.

So I just bring out the bacon. A nice piece of crispy bacon calms the SU right down to the point he gets a glazed look on his face and will finally listen to reason about solar tax credits, advances in solar systems that have happened in, oh, the last century, how we won’t turn into hippies with goats eating grass on the roof, and we can actually have back-up electric tied in and have the meter run backwards. He liked that idea. And he liked this pasta.

"Peace out! Here comes the sun! And the bacon!"

Nothing complicated or innovative, but comforting, delicious, rich, and…convincing.
The pint of Guinness didn’t hurt, either.

Spaghetti with Smoked Bacon, Arugula, and Black Pepper Cream Sauce

1 pound dried spaghetti
1/2 onion, finely chopped
8 pieces smoked bacon
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
2 cups baby arugula, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions or just until al dente (about 9-11 minutes).
2. Meanwhile, in medium-sized sauté pan, cook bacon until crispy – drain on stack of paper towels. When cool, crumble, discarding any big fatty parts.
3. Pour off all but about one tablespoon of bacon fat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and soft. Add 2/3’s of the crumbled bacon, the cream, and the pepper. Continue cooking until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Turn mixture into blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
3. When pasta is cooked, drain, and turn into a large serving bowl. Toss in the lemon zest and arugula. Pour in the sauce and blend well. Sprinkle with remaining bacon crumbles and parm. Salt and pepper to taste.

Sir Francis Bacon - patron saint of off the grid solar systems


RecipeGirl said...

You have no idea how yummy this looks to me right now as I sit in the midst of a healthy eating venture!!

Mary said...

Now you've gone and made me hungry! There is not an ingredient in your dish to dislike. You don't like goats on the roof?

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yes, let's go off the grid!!! :)
I am all for it.

And that pasta sounds lovely....

I am with Mary, what's wrong with goats on the roof?

Sue said...

Can't you appeal to his pocketbook AND his stomach? You need to put every utility and water bill in front of him along with the beautiful bacon and spaghetti.I envy you being able to do ANYTHING you want, although it must be daunting.

Emily said...

This bacony pasta dish sounds scrumptious.

I like your title to this. I appreciate it. Ohhhh, you have music! Just noticed that.

Emily said...

Who the F voted for Carla?!

I like Fabio or Jamie.

Emily said...

Also, I like your Mark Twain quote. He's from Missouri, you know!

Catherine Wilkinson said...

RG, What? Bacon isn't healthy???

Mary, goats make such a mess...and they smell!

Jenn...OTG! Yeah! Goats are evil little dwarfs!

Emily, I always knew you and Mark had something in common! What??? You don't like Carla? Ya gotta admit...she's a great pastry chef.
Fabio is adorable, but the eggplant with oats...well....

Jeff said...

drool.....bacon. Sounds amazing!!

Katie said...

It's funny that you mention goats on the roof. That's exactly what I've been trying to convince my boyfriend he wants to have when we finally get a place of our own. He's the one who wants to technology out the house. We'll be up to our eyeballs in wires and the newest thing in whatever. I'm going to need goats, chickens and a garden outside the house to escape all of the modernity that's inside the house. O_O

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