Quirky combo, huh? I never would have thought to combine bacon and eggs with spaghetti, and then serve it as supper. But, truth be told, it's a really delicious and very affordable dinner that your entire family will enjoy!
(The original recipe came from the March 2013 Better Homes & Gardens magazine, but I tweeked it a bit...)
2 slices whole grain bread, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz dried spaghetti
6 slices peppered bacon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 cup fresh spinach
Extra grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss cubed bread, 1 1/2 tsp olive oil, and 1 Tbsp Parmesan in large ziplock bag...then shake until bread is evenly coated. Spread bread cubes on a large foil-lined baking sheet covered with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
2. In large pot, cook spaghetti according to box directions. Drain, set aside. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water.
3. Meanwhile, in large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain well on paper towels. Tear bacon into small bite-sized pieces, and set aside. Keep skillet warm, reserving bacon drippings in the skillet.
4. In the same large pot used to cook pasta, cook minced garlic in remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add salt and crushed red pepper. Add cooked pasta, fresh spinach, and remaining Parmesan. Add enough reserved pasta water to desired consistency; toss to coat. Cover to keep warm.
5. Heat the large skillet with reserved bacon drippings to medium heat. Break eggs into skillet. Reduce heat to low; cook eggs approximately 3-4 minutes, or until desired doneness.
6. Divide spaghetti among 4 plates. Top with bacon and toasted bread cubes. Serve with eggs. Provide extra Parmesan cheese for garnish. (Makes 4 servings.)
This recipe will make you feel like a gourmet chef. The meal is really pretty once it's plated and the unique-factor on a scale of 1 to 10, is a 10+. Expect raised eyebrows and lots of "Wow!"s!