For the past week we’ve had our lovely friend Nico visiting us from Berlin. Nico is originally from Napoli, Italia but moved to Berlin in 2007 and he and P ended up as roommates in a WG. Nico was so nice to me when I’d come and visit from NY. It’s been lovely showing him around Jozi and last week he cooked us a delicious, simple dinner that even someone with a small New York galley kitchen could handle. I asked him that morning what he would cook us and he replied that he would find inspiration at the market. So this is what came out:
Pasta with tomato, onion and pancetta (or bacon) for 4
Pasta, 500gms (we used penne)
2 cans of cherry tomatoes (you can use real if it is tomato season where you live)
1/2 a white onion, finely chopped
3/4 a package a of bacon, cut into small pieces
(I’m cheating a not counting olive oil or salt as the 5)
Heat olive oil in a frying pan, add onion and brown for a few minutes until transclucent. Add bacon, cooking and stirring for about 5 more minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and let the sauce cook down for about 45 minutes, until the consistency is thick. While the sauce is cooking, bring to a boil and add a generous amount of salt (Nico used 3 giant scoops from the salter). Add penne and cook until al dente. When the sauce is done, mix together with the pasta, grate some Parmigiano on top, and enjoy with lots of wine and a rocket salad. Bursting with flavor and so simple.