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Quick spicy tomato and bacon linguine

Dinner in 30 minutes

Dinner in 30 minutes

Now that you have been cooking for days and are exhausted but the thought of going out to dinner and getting dressed up is too much – try this easy and delicious dish.  This linguine dish is so good it would be great for a family meal but also perfect for company.  This has been a favorite of my family for years.   Open a nice bottle of chardonnay, pour yourself a glass and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

  • 1/3 pound thick sliced bacon, chopped
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. sweet onions, roughly chopped
  • 6 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. red pepper flakes
  • 2 t. dried basil
  • parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound fresh linguine, cooked according to directions


Sauté bacon until almost crisp.  Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel.  Leave  2 T. bacon drippings in pan and add olive oil, water and onions.  Sauté for 3 minutes.

To pan, add tomatoes, wine, garlic, bacon and red pepper flakes.  Sauté for 3 minutes.

Finally add basil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve over pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Serves 4-6.

Spicy Asian Chicken Breast Salad

Spicy Chicken Salad

Spicy Asian Chicken Breast Salad

This recipe has been perfected over the years and is spectacular.  Don’t let the word “spicy” fool you.  It has a little kick, but is not overly spicy.  The crunch of the peanuts, lettuce, and cucumber go great with the perfectly moist chicken.  This recipe for four is under 300 calories per serving, so don’t feel guilty about enjoying it with a nice glass of chardonnay!

  • 1 pound poached chicken breast, sliced thin (see previous blog for poaching chicken method)
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces butter lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 -1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 4 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Divide lettuce among four plates.  Top lettuce with sliced chicken, cucumbers and peanuts.

Mix soy sauce, honey and salt in a small bowl.  Set aside.

In a small skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.  Add green onions, garlic, ginger, and peppers and stir constantly for 1 minute. Turn off heat and add soy and honey mixture.  Top the salads with the dressing.  Sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper and salt.

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