bacon, lettuce and tomato pasta

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one of my all time favorite sandwiches is a bacon, lettuce and tomato.  of course, i usually only eat one of these in the summer time when tomatoes are home-grown and so very tasty.  during the winter months, i think about have a great tomato sandwich.

so, last week, i searched for a recipe that would give me that same taste, but be available year round.  and, the recipe was in one of my own magazines, and can also be found online at CuisineAtHome.com

here is how i made the pasta:  first, choose your favorite pasta.  i used standard spaghetti.

ready the pasta water for boiling.

next, find a large 12 inch skillet with sides, and cook two or three strips of bacon and remove the bacon fat.  take the bacon out of the pan and chop into small pieces.  leaving about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet, saute one package of grape tomatoes until soft, adding 1/2 tsp of sugar to them during the process.  this will take about 5 minutes. i cut the tomatoes in half to get them softening faster.

next, add one chopped white onion and saute.  deglaze the skillet with 1/4 cup white wine.  add 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1 tsp red wine vinegar, and some red pepper flakes to taste.  simmer at least 5 more minutes.

cook the pasta. when done and ready to assemble the dish, add about one cup of chopped lettuce leaves and season with 1/4 teaspoon thyme.  add the drained pasta to the skillet, and mix well.

serve with a side salad or crusty bread.  this is a very good dish.

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