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Ok, so I fell to peer pressure. A couple of weeks ago, I asked you all if you were on Twitter. To be honest, I’m surprised at how many of you said that you aren’t even on it! I thought I was the only one! But, when I was at Baking with Betty, some of the girls talked me into joining, and so now I’m officially on. And it’s been a lot more fun than I expected it to be. I still am learning how everything works and what everything means, but feel free to follow me – it always feels good to have friends! I’ve added some temporary buttons to the right of this post so you can choose to follow me on Twitter or on Facebook if you want!

But onto today’s RR recipe. I loved this one. It tasted fresh, and surprising light for a pasta dish. I was taken in by the smoked almonds in the pesto, and I loved the smokiness that those and the bacon brought to the dish. I wasn’t so sure how I would like the lettuce, but I did like it. I’m not sure how well it’s going to work out for leftovers, but I guess we’ll see today for lunch! I did use romaine, because that’s the best I could find at my grocery store that day.

One complaint I do have – and maybe it’s not a complaint but an observation about most of RR’s recipes – the servings sizes are HUGE. This recipe is supposed to feed 4. Do you realize how much pasta 1/4 pound of pasta is? I made half this recipe and still feel like I could have easily served 4 with it. So I’ve adjusted the serving sizes to what I think they should be.

I also wanted to give a little shout out to Madeline at Everything Rachael Ray. If you are a fan of RR and/or her recipes, you really should check out her blog. She’s been kind enough to mention my blog in more than one post, so I want to show her that love right back!

Bowties with Smoked Almond Sauce, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomatoes
adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray August 2010

serves 6-8

total time: 30 minutes

salt and pepper
1 pound bowtie pasta
about 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
12 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, trimmed (about 2 cups loosely packed)
a couple of handfuls of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3 to 4 tablespoons smoked almonds
1 clove garlic, grated
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1 head bibb or butter lettuce, leaves separated and torn

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it then add the pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve a ladleful of the cooking water and then drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, heat a small drizzle of EVOO in a skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook until it is crisp, then remove to a plate to drain.

Combine the parsley, almonds, cheese and garlic in a food processor and pulse until it is finely chopped. Stream in the EVOO until it forms a thick pesto.

Scrape the pesto into a large bowl and add the cooking water, tomatoes and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add in the bacon and lettuce. Serve.

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5 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Bowties with Smoked Almond Sauce, Bacon, Lettuce & Tomatoes

  1. Joanne says:

    Haha I find Rach's serving sizes to be kind of skewed as well. Especially when she mixes in so many ingredients into the pasta.

    Smoked almonds…now that's something i haven't tried! sounds fantastic!

  2. newlywed says:

    Congrats on your pregnancy. I've noticed that about RR's serving sizes too…we don't have the appetite that she does!

  3. Monet says:

    I have never heard of smoked almonds either…but I bet they add some incredible flavor. And I'm glad that I'm not the only one who thinks her portions are huge! I always cut her recipes in half.

  4. Madeline says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out! I love your Saturdays with Rachael Ray posts. I have so much fun reading recipe reviews by others (hence the blog, I guess….).

    BTW, we tried this recipe a few weeks ago and I loved it, too. I felt the same way about the lettuce but threw it in there anyway and was happy I did!

  5. grace says:

    the lettuce is such a weird component! even though people seem convinced, i still have some strong doubts. no matter–that almond-y sauce and the bacon can combat any number of unsavory things. 🙂

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