I am a fan of all things goat cheese, so when received my daily email from Everyday Food entitled, "Pasta with Onion, Bacon, and Goat Cheese" it was immediately put in the "to try" file. It looked easy and fast and it included bacon, which means nothing but good stuff.
Tonight was just that kind of night.
Once I started making the recipe that I printed out, it kind of took on a life of it's own.
I will preface that I used bacon on Meatless Monday. If you don't do bacon, I totally understand but I would say this isn't the recipe for you. However, if you do bacon....it is yummy yumminess that can't be denied.
Carmelized Onion Pasta with Goat Cheese and Bacon
1 pound campanelle pasta
6 slices bacon, sliced into 1 inch pieces
3 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tablespoon dried thyme
kosher salt and cracked pepper
4 ounces soft goat cheese
Put a large pot of water to boil. Once the water is boiling, salt the water and add the pasta. Cook for about 9 minutes or until al-dente.
While the pasta is cooking, in a large bowl, crumble the 4 ounces of goat cheese. Take about 1 1/4 cup of the boiling pasta water and combine with the goat cheese, stirring to combine. Add the drained pasta to the goat cheese mixture and stir.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon turning until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
Turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the onions to the fat in the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Add the sugar. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Uncover, add the garlic and thyme and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the onions are golden.
Add the onion mixture the pasta and combine. Top with the bacon. Enjoy!