Getting in Touch with Our Italian Roots

Okay, maybe John and I don't have Italian roots, but we sure love Italian food!

We made broccoli bacon pasta today for lunch. The cool thing is, this was one of the very first meals I ever cooked for John. It was probably the third or fourth month we'd been dating. It was college, I didn't usually have time to cook really good food, but we made the time one evening.

He was impressed with the deliciousness!

I got this recipe from my momma, and now I'm going to share it with you. Because it's really good. And semi healthy... sort of...

Broccoli Bacon Pasta

• 3 slices bacon [we used turkey bacon because it is a LOT healthier]
• However much broccoli you want
• Pasta for two [we used whole grain rotini]
• 2 garlic cloves, pealed & sliced
• However many pitted black olives you want, sliced in half
• A few shakes of crushed red pepper
• Some sliced mushrooms
• 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
• 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese

Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Cool and crumble bacon. Rinse broccoli cut in 2 inch pieces. Put broccoli in pot of lightly salted boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon. Scoop out 1/8th cup of the water.

Return remaining water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, saute garlic, olives, crushed red pepper, and mushrooms in a little tiny bit of oil. Cook 3 minutes or until garlic is softened. Add reserved water, broccoli, and bacon. Cook 2 minutes. Toss with pasta, oil, and parmesan.

Also, we got a bountiful basket this morning, and I am loving it! $16.50 for heaven in a basket! The broccoli we used in the recipe was from the basket.

P.s. John is getting in touch with his house husband skills today. He just sewed up a hole in one of his pockets and now he's doing laundry.  I don't mind!

P.p.s. We are still on the vegan-ish diet. We only eat meat once or twice a week. And we love rice milk, almond milk, and coconut milk! We are still feeling good!

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