Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bacon Aglio Olio with Roasted Almonds


I'm back after a month of hiatus.  I've been busy doing stuffs from there and there.  It's summer and you can really feel the heat.  A simple movement and you will surely get sweaty.  That's why staying in front of the stove is really a burden this time of the year.

These past few weekends, I've been busy with my studies.  Though it's an online school, you still need to study very hard.  Today is my last day of the sem and I'm already done with my final examination.  So, to celebrate, I decided to cook an afternoon snack, pasta.  Pasta for snack?  Well, we are Filipinos, we are used in eating carbs for snack.

Last May, my high school friends decided to spent the summer in La Union for a couple of days.  The place is expensive and the beach front is so swallow and rocky.  Oh yeah, luckily on our last day, it was a high tide and we were able to took a deep into tje sea.  One of the best thing about the resort is their food, especially their bacon aglio oleo.  So I decided to cook the dish today.

Aglio Oleo means garlic and oil.  Basically, the ingredients are garlic and olive oil.  To make this dish extra special, bits of crispy bacons and some roasted almonds were added.  The almonds add an extra layer of crispiness and nutty flavor to this dish.  Want more kick, adding chili flakes is higly recommended.

Ingredients

250 gram                             Pasta noodles
200 grams                           Bacon
Half cup                              Slivered Almonds
6 Tablespoons                    Olive Oil
1 head                                  Garlic, chopped
Salt
Black Pepper
Chili Flakes

Peocedure

Cook pasta according to package direction.

Chopped the bacon and place in a non-stick pan. Cover and heat over low heat until brown and crispy.   Mix it from time to time to evenly cooked the bacon.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.  Roast the almonds for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Set aside to cool.  Chopped or break the roasted almonds using your hand until coarse in texture.

Combine olive oil and garlic in a pan.  Place over low heat until garlic is cooked but not golden brown.  Add the bacon bits and all of its glorious oil into the garlic and olive oil mixture.

Toss in the pasta.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add in the coarsed almonds and season with chili flakes.  You can put the chili flakes on the side if not all in your family wants a spicy dish.

Serve and enjoy.


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