Friday, November 13, 2009

$5 Friday (on time this week!)

I'm very excited about this week's $5 Friday. Although the ingredients for this dish are definitely in the $5 to $10 range, it is also a great meal to make out of the contents of your fridge and pantry (seriously, most of the stuff you will already have!). Besides the fact that you've probably got everything on hand anyway it also takes about 15 to 20 minutes to make!

Pasta with Parmesan Bacon Cream Sauce
3-4 slices bacon chopped
1 onion minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 can evaporated milk
1 - 1.5 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 spoonfuls pasta water
0.5 to 1 lb pasta
In a large sauce pan bring water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook. While the pasta cooks/water comes to a boil, in a large skillet brown the bacon. When the bacon is almost crispy add the onion. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the onion until it is soft. Add the flour. Reduce heat to med. low. Add the evaporated milk and stir well making sure the flour is not lumpy.
Now that the milk has been added to the bacon mixture add the cheese a little at a time. Stir well and add some more salt and pepper to taste. The sauce will be really thick. Add a couple of spoonfuls of pasta water to thin out the sauce. Mix well.
Adjust the seasonings. Drain the cooked pasta and add to the sauce. If you've got some on hand, add some fresh parsley.