The Reset Button. And Pasta

Sometimes life needs a re-set button. You've had a crazy week. You don't feel like yourself. You dealt with a pretty big setback that made you cry, made you angry, and then made you learn a LOT. Everyone has a little bit bigger of a piece of you than you'd like at the moment, and you're feeling a bit overwhelmed. You're over-committed, and your schedule is insane. Sleep? What's that? Who DOES that? Or maybe that was just me, last week. Anyone else ever feel that way? Ok good. Glad I'm not the only one. But then, you take a step back. You turn on really amazing opera, pour yourself a glass of red wine, and do what you LOVE to do. Make a simple, real, fresh, and so delicious pasta dish. You remind yourself how much you love what you do, and what you are working for. You find yourself feeling so grateful that you think you might explode. And you realize that patience, while it's definitely something you need more of, is a virtue. And that you're surrounded by so many amazing people, and so much love, it blows you away. Yes, sort of a blog overshare. But I needed to tell ya, cuz you're important to me. Take a step back sometimes, and hit the re-set button. We all need it, even more than we know. 

  • 1/2 lb pasta - I used angel hair
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced very thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • about 10 oz grape tomatoes
  • 3 strips bacon, cut into lardons
  • crushed red pepper flakes and salt, to taste
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 C parmigiano reggiano
  • In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil on medium until shimmering.
  • Add in the garlic, onion and bacon, and sauté until the bacon is browned and the onions are beginning to caramelize.
  • While you're making the sauce, cook the pasta to just before al dente in a large pot.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cover.
  • Heat until you start to hear popping (that's the tomatoes letting go of their lovely juices).
  • Uncover and stir, breaking open more tomatoes as you go to create a very light sauce.
  • Add in the crushed red pepper and salt, over low heat, for just a few minutes.
  • Finish the dish with the parm, toss to combine, and serve.

Bliss. Pure bliss.