This is a super easy week night dinner idea, it’s taken me a few goes to get the balance of lemon right in this dish but I found in the process of testing it the addition of crunchy toasted breadcrumbs and the finely chopped rocket add a great extra dimension to the flavours. You can omit the bacon totally if you like, or alternatively use prawn or shrimp or even fresh crab thrown in at the end when tossing the oil and pasta together. If you want to make this vegetarian just omit the bacon altogether. These are some of my favourite flavour combos ~ lemon + chilli + free-range bacon, for me = simple pasta heaven on a plate.

9 Responses to “Lemon, chilli and bacon spaghetti with crunchy herbed pangrattato”

  1. Nina
    December 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    What is Rocket?

    • Katie
      December 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Nina ~ Rocket is arugula in the US. Here in Oz we have two types – a larger more flavoursome leaf variety and then the smaller ‘spikier’ style one which I believe is arugula in the US and other countries. I actually much prefer the wide, flat leaf variety but it’s not around as much through-out the year.

  2. January 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I just made this and had to say this was exceptional !

    Thank you Katie

  3. Michelle
    January 6, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Bacon? Looks like a greatie but not for a vegetarian.

    • Katie
      January 6, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Michelle ~ apologies, I probably should have mentioned in the recipe that obviously you can omit the bacon and then the dish is suitable for a vegetarian. Will amend now. Cheers.

  4. simon perkins
    April 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Michelle, I find that if you whizz the breadcrumbs with a small handful of porcini mushrooms it makes a great replacement for the meaty flavour.

    • Katie
      April 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Simon thanks for that tip!

  5. Susan
    April 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I think I will make this recipe using pancetta. It sounds delicous.

  6. Kate
    October 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    This is SO yummy. One of my kids’ favourite meals! The eldest has asked for it for her birthday dinner! Thank you

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