BLT Fusili

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I found this recipe many years ago in one of my Sister-in-law’s cookbook. It sparked my interest because the BLT didn’t stand for the usual things. Obviously there is no lettuce in this pasta.

This is a pretty easy dish. And any dish with bacon is gonna be good. It’s a little different than your run of the mill spaghetti. First of all it’s fusili, not spaghetti. (You can also use rotini, if you can’t find fusili.) The sauce is tomato based, but that secret special “L” gives it a different spin, a unique flavor.

I have used both store-bought and home-canned tomatoes. Both work really well.

BLT fusili

Are you dying to know what the “L” is? Are you just a little annoyed that I haven’t told you. Have you already scrolled down to the ingredient list to see what it is? You are the type that skips to the end of books aren’t you? You can’t wait to see if the star crossed lovers end up together.  Or if it really was Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the lead pipe.

Now, I feel like I’ve overdone it. I’ll just tell you. It’s fresh lime juice. The “L” is for lime.

It just gives it a unique, tangy flavor, that you aren’t expecting. It is fresh and clean tasting. Almost island-y.

And again, bacon.

 

BLT Fusili

The end.

B.L.T. Fusili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fusili pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 14 ounce cans chopped Italian tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 12 slices bacon, crisped and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup. fresh squeezed lime juice

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta
  2. While boiling, add olive oil to saute pan on medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes until garlic starts to soften. Add tomatoes with juice, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Add lime juice, cheese and oregano.
  3. Drain fusili and toss with tomato sauce.
  4. Top with bacon and extra cheese.
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