When life hands you Bacon Salt, make pasta. Our wonderful friends over at Bacon Salt sent us samples of several products, including Peppered Bacon Salt. Reading through their blog Tuesday afternoon, I stumbled upon this recipe and thought to myself, "bacon salt and pasta for dinner. Yeah, I could deal with that."
I found myself along with my sidekick engulfed in delicious aromas the minute the Peppered Bacon Salt hit the warm olive oil. Poured over fresh linguine, this dish satisfied my craving for bacon, without even having to cook up any (although I'm sure the dish would be fantastic with crumbled bits in it). Even better, this dish was on my dining room table in under 25 minutes.
Check out the Bacon Salt Blog for more inspiring, bacon-licious recipes (the Baconnaise Burger Sauce is on my list next).
- 1 tablespoon Peppered Bacon Salt
- 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
- 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage (preferable sweet)
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 8-10 chopped basil leaves plus some for garnish (or 2 teaspoons dried)
- 1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta
- 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
If you're using ground Italian sausage, cook and break up into small bits in a large skillet then drain and set aside. Place olive oil and Peppered Bacon Salt in the skillet. Heat over medium heat for 1 minute, then add garlic and green onion and saute for another minute. Stir in tomatoes, basil and sugar then simmer for 5 minutes, then add ground Italian sausage and simmer for another 2 minutes. Add more Peppered Bacon Salt to taste. While this is going, cook pasta in boiling lightly salted water until al dente, drain. Toss the hot pasta with the sauce, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil to serve.Tip: If your local grocery store or butcher only has spicy Italian sausage, substitute Peppered Bacon Salt with Original Bacon Salt.
Adapted from the Bacon Salt Blog