Thursday, June 26, 2008

Bacon and oregano homemade pasta and two silly people having fun in the kitchen together

Bacon and oregano homemade pasta

I have read that food can bring people together. I think it’s true – many celebrations involve family and/or friends around a table. And one doesn’t need an established occasion at all – having friends over for dinner for no apparent reason is equally wonderful.

Joao and I make our Sunday lunches a special part of our life. Work and traffic jams already keep us apart on weekdays and there’s barely any time for cooking. That’s why I love cooking and baking on weekends – my way of having fun. I’m lucky the hubby shares that with me.

Bacon and oregano homemade pasta

Weekdays are all about what I have to do, so weekends are all about what I want to do. I want to have fun. And is it fun making pasta while Joao takes pictures? You bet!

Bacon and oregano homemade pasta

We laughed like two kids – there was flour all over my kitchen when we finished our “pasta making session”. And after that, we had delicious, fresh pasta for lunch. A pretty good Sunday, if you’ll ask me.

Bacon and oregano homemade pasta

This is my entry for the Weekend Herb Blogging, this time hosted by the lovely Kalyn, the blogger who created the event.


Bacon and fresh oregano homemade pasta
from Donna Hay magazine

400g (14oz) fettuccine, linguini or any long pasta you prefer
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup fresh oregano leaves
2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
60g (2oz) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup olive oil, extra – I used a little less
crispy bacon, to serve
grated parmesan, to serve

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, return to the saucepan and keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat, add the oil and oregano and cook for 30 seconds or until crispy. Drain on absorbent paper. Add the capers and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until crispy. Add to the pasta with the butter and extra oil and toss to combine. Divide between plates and top with the oregano, bacon and parmesan.

Serves 4.


Nic said...

I adore fresh pasta! Yours looks perfect.

Jen Yu said...

It's been warm here, but seeing this post just makes me want to make homemade pasta!! :) Looks delish. That's one more thing I need to learn to do. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Patrica, there is only one thing that makes a dish better than bacon and that is making a dish with bacon while the one you love helps.

Manggy said...

I totally agree! Now, if only someone actually wanted to enjoy cooking with me here... :( Oh Patricia, you're going to make me cry! Just kidding! :P

I am sooo jealous of your pasta machine. I borrowed a cheap hand-cranked type from my aunt and it was a mess and clunky. Your pasta on the other hand looks perfect. And we get treated to very tiny pics of you (in a shower cap no less!) and Joao! Awww!

Patty O. said...

That looks amazing! I don't even remember the last time i had homemade pasta. I might have to try making that sometime, since I have never tried before. Thanks for the recipe.

Deborah said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend. We usually make breakfast together on the weekends - I love it!

Peabody said...

Pasta is so fun to make....and with that's just good.

Peter M said...'s always a treat when you post your savory dishes...pork & oregano are a natural pair.

Kalyn Denny said...

That sounds like it would be so much fun. I've never made pasta except for noodles that you roll out with a rolling pin, cut and let dry. My mother used to make those. Your pasta with bacon and oregano sounds like heaven!

Katie said...

I have all of the pasta attachments but haven't had any luck with them It seems I need extra hands so maybe I should invite some one over to help. And FYI Tastespotting is back.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. Looks amazingly, amazing! Ha!

pam said...

What fun! I need a pasta attachment for my mixer!

Susan @ SGCC said...

I love your pasta! It looks just perfect! How nice to have someone around who likes to help in the kitchen. The only thing my husband like to help with in the kitchen is eating!

Arundathi said...

i borrowed a friend's pasta maker and .... um.. its just sitting in my pantry! have to do it after seeing yours.

KJ said...

Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me. There is nothing quite like fresh pasta. Add bacon to the mix. Delicious!

LyB said...

What a fun day indeed! I've yet to try making homemade pasta, I'm waiting for that pasta attachment to magically appear onto my KA! I'm not waiting to have homemade pasta to make this dish though, it just sounds too delicious to pass up! :)

Anonymous said...


Sounds like you had a lot of fun creating a delicious pasta lunch!


Anonymous said...

How fun! How delicious-looking!


wheresmymind said...

Fresh pasta really is the way to go!

Anonymous said...

That's so true, making food can really bond people together. You lucky thing having the KA pasta attachment! The pasta looks great-and everything is better with bacon :)

Emily said...

You make homemade pasta look like it's easy! It probably is for you. I think you've made it many times before.
I love all of the flavors in this dish. This would be a very nice lunch.

Elly said...

This looks delicious! You definitely can't go wrong with bacon, oregano, and fresh pasta in my book! I really want to invest in a pasta machine. I just adore fresh pasta.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

That looks like a wonderful way to spend a weekend, cooking with your hubbie. The pasta looks delicious!

jasmine said...

I love fresh pasta, but have never made it...I really should...yours looks good.


Anonymous said...

you made fresh pasta! oh, how envious i am!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nic, thank you!

Jen, you are so talented, sweetie, it's gonna be a walk in the park for you. :)

Hi, darling! I think you have said it all. :)

Mark, it's NOT a shower cap - it's a cap made especially to use in the kitchen! I don't like hair in my food, thank you very much. :)

Patty, you definitely should!

Deb, I think you've given me a nice idea! :)

Pea, I agree. :)

Pete, I'm glad to hear that, my friend. Tks!

Kalyn, fresh oregano is so good! I'm glad you like my recipe, darling.

Katie, you have to put those to good use! And tks to let me know about Tastespotting.

Cathy, thank you, sweetie!

Pam, get one! :)

Susan, it was a first, dear. :)

Arundathi, go ahead!

KJ, bacon makes anything better!

Bruno, I did! :)

Paz, thank you!

Jeff, I agree.

Lorraine, I wish I had all its attachments - especially the ice cream maker. :)

Emiline, it's not difficult, take me word on that, sweetie. It was my third time - in the other two, I made ravioli.

Elly, you definitely should!

Lynn, thank you, darling!

Jasmine, I think you would do an amazing job.

Eliza, thank you, dear!

ChichaJo said...

That does sound like a wonderful way to spend a Sunday :) And a wonderful dish to share! Fresh pasta...mmm!

Stella said...

goodness me... fresh pasta is something i'd like every week. oh and a hubby like yours too hihihi!

Jaime said...

mmmm homemade pasta! everything is better with bacon too :) it's cute how you can see joao's reflection in the pasta maker ;) bet he didn't realize that! :)

Cynthia said...

Such true love and fun in the kitchen.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

A Sunday afternoon doesn't get better than that. You just warmed my heart, Patricia.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lot of fun... :)

kickpleat said...

that looks like so much fun! i totally want to get a pasta maker now!

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