Recipe for amazing bacon, chilli and garlic penne pasta

400g penne pasta
250g bacon – slice into strips
2 cloves garlic – crush, peel and slice finely
1 fresh chilli – de-seed and slice
1 lemon – halve and juice
1 tbsp fresh parsley – chop coarsely
50g Parmesan cheese – grate finely
olive oil (from your pantry)
salt and pepper (from your pantry)

How to
Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add a few drops of olive oil and the penne and cook for 6-8 minutes. Don’t overcook the pasta – you want it al dente, that’s slightly chewy and uniformly translucent. Once cooked, drain and keep warm in a colander over a saucepan of hot water. Sprinkle penne with a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.

Put a pan on medium to high heat and dry fry the bacon for 3 to 4 minutes until beginning to crisp. Add a little olive oil, garlic and chillies and pan fry for about 5 minutes. Add a little more olive oil and the lemon juice and season to taste. Now add the penne, parsley and Parmesan (keeping a little aside for the garnish). Toss well

To serve, divide the pasta between the plates or bowls and sprinkle the remaining parmesan on top


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