Prep Time: 2-3 minutes (boil pasta) Cook Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4
My daughter asked me where I got the recipe from and I said, “my head”. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to come up with a pasta dish that has butter, olive oil, garlic, pasta, a veggie and a meat/protein. It’s something filling, savory with the pancetta and has something green in it! You can mix and match whatever veggies or pasta or protein you want as long as you understand the basis of the dish.
So we were trying to come up with a name for this dish over dinner and my daughter said it was like a spaghetti but with pancetta so we combined the two names and called it “Pancett-i”. My husband called it “Chau-ghetti”, after my name.:) Whatever you call it it was “gone-i”.
- 8 oz of linguine (I used BUITONI)
- 4 oz of diced pancetta (I used Boar’s Head brand)
- 5 oz package of baby spinach (I used Organic Simple Truth)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon of butter
- 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (My favorite is Colavita), 1 to sauté and 1 to boil the linguine
- salt and fresh ground black pepper
- chili pepper flakes (optional)
The linguine only takes 2-3 minutes to boil so timing was of the essence. Boil the pasta according to the package instructions and add sea salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into the pan. Meanwhile heat a sauté pan on medium low heat with 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil. Then add the pancetta and sauté for a minute or two before adding in the garlic. You just want the garlic to brown for the aroma but you don’t want to burn it. If this is done cooking before the pasta, set the pan aside. When the noodles are ready, add them into the sauté pan with the pancetta and garlic. Then add in the baby spinach.
Combine everything thoroughly and add about a small ladle of the pasta water into the mixture. This helps with flavoring and keeps the pasta tender. Add salt and pepper to the pan. If you like you can add some red chili pepper flakes. I just added them to my plate though.
Another winner in this house. I know that may sound like a very small target audience but trust me, that’s like a a miracle over here!