Capellini with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Capellini with Bacon and Breadcrumbs
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Capellini with Bacon and Breadcrumbs
Andrew McCaul

Capellini with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Friends coming for dinner? This quick recipe delivers restaurant-quality flavor and appeal in no time.

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4
Servings
193
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat or regular capellini
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped coarsely

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. When the pasta is done, reserve ½ cup cooking water; drain the pasta and return to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring, until the bacon is crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and stir 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften, about 3 minutes.

Add the broth to the pan. Simmer the mixture until the broth is thick and has reduced to about ¼ cup, 5-8 minutes. While the sauce cooks, heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the panko and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden, 2-3 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper.

Remove the sauce from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons each of the Parmesan and parsley. Toss the sauce with the pasta in the pot and add the reserved cooking water to reach the desired consistency, if needed. Divide among 4 serving plates. Top with the reserved breadcrumbs and remaining Parmesan.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
5g
21%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
24g
18%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
23mg
31%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
72mg
7%
Choline, total
12mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
42µg
11%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
60mg
19%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
142mg
20%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
494mg
33%
Water
83g
3%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Capellini Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Capellini Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.