Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Cheese Pasta with a light twist.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Brown bacon until crisp. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons grease. Set bacon aside.

  • Return oil to frying pan, add lettuce. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes over medium-high heat. Add roma tomatoes. Cook for 2 additional minutes.

  • Toss vegetables with cavatini.

  • Crumble drained bacon. Sprinkle top of vegetables and pasta with bacon and shaved Asiago cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

491.8 calories; 17.7 g protein; 58.5 g carbohydrates; 33.8 mg cholesterol; 435.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2012
I took the advice of another reviewer and tossed the shredded lettuce in after everything in the skillet had been cooked and removed from the heat. I did throw in a good sized hunk of butter along with the bacon grease but other than that I didn't add much else. I think the only thing I'm missing is onion and garlic. Next time I make this I'd like to try this with some sliced sweet onion and fresh minced garlic. Then I think it would be perfect. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/30/2009
Oh my. I haven't given a negative review in a while but this recipe needs improvement. It was very bland in my opinion; salt and pepper alone aren't enough. And I don't know something about the slightly cooked lettuce really turned me off. I could only manage two bites. I wish this would have worked out for me; I apologize again for the low rating and review. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2012
I took the advice of another reviewer and tossed the shredded lettuce in after everything in the skillet had been cooked and removed from the heat. I did throw in a good sized hunk of butter along with the bacon grease but other than that I didn't add much else. I think the only thing I'm missing is onion and garlic. Next time I make this I'd like to try this with some sliced sweet onion and fresh minced garlic. Then I think it would be perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2012
I took the advice of another reviewer and tossed the shredded lettuce in after everything in the skillet had been cooked and removed from the heat. I did throw in a good sized hunk of butter along with the bacon grease but other than that I didn't add much else. I think the only thing I'm missing is onion and garlic. Next time I make this I'd like to try this with some sliced sweet onion and fresh minced garlic. Then I think it would be perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2009
This was an enjoyable dish. My boyfriend and I agreed that it was a different palate of tastes than what we usually partake of. I will definitely make it again though. I had to change it up because of what I had on hand. I substituted turkey bacon for the real thing cooked the romaine ( some kale) in olive oil instead of bacon grease and used rotini instead of shells. We also added some crushed red pepper which gave it some much needed liveliness. White wine would have really complimented it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2010
I enjoyed this quite a bit but since Heidikin's review concerning cooked lettuce really hit home with me (I've had braised lettuce before and just can't get into it) I changed the process slightly - I did not saute the lettuce in the pan but rather tossed the cooked pasta and tomatoes with the lettuce before topping with cheese and bacon. The result is lettuce that may be slightly wilted slightly warm but still cool and crisp in places. I would have used fresh romas if I had them but instead used a can of chopped tomatoes (drained) with garlic and basil. That added some flavor that I feel would have been necessary so if you are going to use fresh tomatoes I would recommend adding some fresh basil garlic maybe some crushed red pepper to the pan. I found the canned tomatoes even though I drained them added a bit more "sauce" which I really enjoyed. I ended up with a very flavorful dish and I'm pretty sure I'll be having it again many times but I know my tastes and will stick to not cooking the lettuce down. Thanks for sharing Monica! I like this one a lot! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/30/2009
Oh my. I haven't given a negative review in a while but this recipe needs improvement. It was very bland in my opinion; salt and pepper alone aren't enough. And I don't know something about the slightly cooked lettuce really turned me off. I could only manage two bites. I wish this would have worked out for me; I apologize again for the low rating and review. Read More
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