I was working on my computer all day and realized at 7.30pm that I had almost passed dinner time.
It is all about having things in the food pantry and in the fridge. And don’t let them see you sweat.
Just throw something together. A fast pasta does the trick.
Fast pasta with swiss chard, tomatoes and bacon.
1 package of pasta, any kind (make sure it serves 4).
1/4 of a package of bacon. Finely chopped.
2-3 cups of cherry tomatoes.
1 medium size bundle of swiss chard (ab.out 6 cups)
1 cup of heavy cream or creme fraiche (you could also just use a stock if you don’t want the dairy)
3 garlic cloves.
1-2 tbsp. of soy sauce.
A splash of hot sauce.
1 tbsp. anchovy paste.
1/3 cup grated parmesan.
2 tbsp. of Dijon mustard (optional).
Pepper to taste.
Fry the bacon bits until crispy. Lift them out and let drain on a paper towel.
Take out some of the rendered bacon fat, leave about 1 tbsp. Add the garlic and anchovy paste. Stir for 30 seconds.
Clean the Swiss chard and cut into bite size. Add to the bacon fat. Fry for about 3 minutes. Add the split cherry tomatoes. Let simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
Add the pasta to some boiling water. Boil until “al dente” (with a little bite not too soft).
Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
Plate the boiled pasta. Add the sauce over the top. Sprinkle over the bacon bits. Finish with some grated parmesan cheese and a little sprig of any herb you have at home.