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OH YUMMY!! I skipped the roasting of the tomatoes to save time and made the dish in about 30 minutes. This has a fabulous combination of flavors... smokey bacon, peppery arugula, sweet tomatoes. The colors are very pretty too. I don't think I've ever had cooked arugula before. I'm hooked! Thanks for sharing.

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dicentra August 22, 2006

Excellent! This takes some time but is worth it. I did add the rest of the can of crushed tomatoes, then followed the recipe as directed. Muir Glen makes a line of fire-roated tomatoes, I may try using them to save the roasting step next time. Wonderful dinner! Thanks, Roxygirl, for sharing the recipe!

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LonghornMama May 03, 2006

This is thick, rich and intense in flavor! I cooked the bacon in the oven while roasting the tomatoes. I added 3 cloves minced garlic, red pepper flakes and fresh rosemary to the tomatoes so they would roast as well. In a large pot I heated 1 tablespoon olive oil sauteed the onions and 3 more cloves minced garlic till translucent. Then added the broth and tomato juice and that was drained cooked it reducing it to 1/2 the liquid. Adding the whole can of crushed tomatoes. I didn`t understand when you where to add the remaining crushed tomatoes. just made sense to add it all then. Adding the roasted tomatoes and bacon simmered and just before serving added the greens. As you can see I cut the fat quite a bit (using 1 tablespoon in stead of 7) and didn`t miss it at all. Added 3 extra cloves of garlic. Seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh rosemary. I did rate this according to the changes I made. Enjoyed immensely! Thanks!

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Rita~ March 07, 2006

This is excellent! I think one could get away with regular bacon, but the thick-cut bacon gives it more of a presence in the dish. I microwaved the bacon because you don't really need it to season the skillet; another option would be to skip the oil for the garlic and use some of the bacon grease. I'm a wimp when it comes to spicy foods, so I cut the crushed red pepper in half and it had a nice amount of heat for me.

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Jessie MacMillan June 14, 2005
Pasta With Tomatoes, Smoked Bacon, and Arugula