Tuesday, March 31, 2009

An E~Mail and Pasta~

Ahh... the power of an e~mail! I am on a Barilla mailing list and this recipe was e~mailed to me before work yesterday..I had everything on hand~And thought about eating it most of the afternoon..It's good:)

Penne Integrali con Asparagi e Bacon Croccante~
Penne.. petites tomates.. bacon and asparagus..

I added some pasta cooking liquid and did not cook my bacon seperately..What's the point?:)I simply sautéed all the veggies in the bacon and added quite a bit of cheese..and hot chili peppers and rosemary..I didn't have whole wheat penne..so used regular~

It works for us~

My tulips are opening beautifully even though the days have been cloudy~

It's like having your garden coming to life way before it's time..

Pasta.. took on a whole new meaning for me in Italy..Bread in France..Pasta in Italy..(Both..wine:) )I think we sampled one kind or another in every town.

Venice held it's own special dining charm~

The tables remind me of the sinuous rows of gondolas that I loved so well~This is not the resto we ate in.. by the time we ate..it was even MORE beautiful.. w/ all the lights reflecting on the canals..we ate in a charming little resto w/ the handsomest host:)I loved the fact that a woman..perhaps 90 truly..spoke on her cellphone in a dark corner at the back eating w/ her 90 yr old companion.I pictured them speaking to one of their children saying their 5th honeymoon was everything they had ever hoped for:)

Here is the recipe from Barilla if you care to try it..
I always warm my plates first.More comfort..on chilly days w/ wanton snowflakes:(

Barilla® Whole Grain Penne with Asparagus and Crispy Bacon (Penne Integrali con Asparagi e Bacon Croccante) Ease of preparation: easy

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook time: 18 minutes

Servings: 4-6


Wine pairing: White


1 box BARILLA Whole Grain Penne
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 pound asparagus, sliced thin on bias
1 pint cherry tomatoes
to taste salt
to taste freshly ground black pepper
1 cup bacon, julienne

BRING a large pot of water to a boil.
HEAT a medium sized skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Crush garlic gently with the side of a knife and sauté. Add asparagus and tomatoes to skillet with the garlic; season with salt and pepper.
SAUTE bacon in a separate skillet until crispy. Drain excess fat from bacon Meanwhile,
COOK Whole Grain Penne according to the directions and drain.
REMOVE garlic from skillet. Add pasta and bacon; toss with the sauce

Easy and good.


  1. Looks absolutely delicious, Monique. I'm all for fast and easy these days! Beautiful photos, as well. Your tulips are are just gorgeous!! :D

  2. first off i am mad... how did i not see this venice pic before? i love it and the 90 year olds on there anni is a crack up!

    it's always warm and wonderful here~

  3. The pasta looks like a must try...and your tulips are making me yearn even more for spring...snowing here again today.

  4. This sounds so good, especially as the stage is set with thoughts of Italy!

  5. The pasta looks wonderful...

    Italy looks even better.
    It is not news to anyone that I love all people and things Italian.

    To Italy I must go one day.

  6. Monique there isn't anything that you prepare that doesn't set my mouth watering. That pasta is no exception.

  7. Hi Monique,
    This sounds délicieux! Easy and all I need to do is pick up the bacon and asparagus tomorrow between errands. I too will be thinking of making it all day (eating it that is). How wonderful your dinner in Venice sounds with all the ambiance so sweet abroad. You were correct of the escargot dishes! xo~Tracie

  8. I've saved this for the next time I make pasta :) It sounds wonderful!

  9. It does look delicious, Monique...