Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a home concoction we refer to as "Death on a Noodle". It is very heavy, but also filling and absolutely delicious. This can be a meal of its own, or a side dish for many people. There are some good stir-ins, such as sliced cooked chicken breast or fresh snow peas, that can be added in the last 5 minutes of simmering. It is important to use a wide, shallow pan because it will help the cream cook down and thicken. If you need to use a deeper saucepan, increase the cooking time in the step to simmer the cream.
- 1⁄2 lb bacon
- 1 pint heavy cream
- crushed red pepper flakes
- fresh ground black pepper
- fresh ground white pepper
- parmesan cheese or romano cheese
- 2⁄3 lb fettuccine (can use Fettuccine Rigate, Spaghetti, Penne...)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Heat a 10-inch skillet (at least 2 inches deep) over medium heat.
- Slice the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces. Place the bacon in the skillet.
- While the bacon is frying, heat the cream (but not to a boil.) This can be done either in the microwave or on the stove top.
- Once the bacon is crisp, drain off all but 1-2 tbsp of the grease from the pan.
- Pour the cream over the bacon.
- Add a few grinds each of black and white pepper, and some crushed red pepper. A quick sprinkle of red pepper will add some flavor -- for a little more spice, use 1-2 teaspoons.
- Bring the cream to a simmer, and continue cooking for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the cream sauce is simmering, boil water and prepare the pasta according to the package directions.
- When the pasta is done and drained, toss with the tablespoon of butter.
- Once the butter has melted, pour the cream sauce over the pasta and toss to coat.
- Serve with grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.