Bacon Spinach Pasta (serves 6; adapted from Budget Bytes)
6 oz. bacon
1 small onion
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 lb. pasta
6 oz. organic baby spinach (one bag at Trader Joe’s)
1/3 cup grated asiago cheese
Cut the bacon across the strips into 1″ sections. Saute in a large skillet until brown and crispy. While your bacon is cooking, dice the onion. When bacon is done, carefully pour off the fat into a bowl, leaving about 1 tbsp in the skillet. Add the onion to the skillet with the bacon (+ fat) and saute until soft and transparent. Allow the moisture of the onions to get some of the brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
Add 2 cups of chicken broth to the skillet, scraping up any remaining brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Add the pasta, place the lid on top and let the skillet come to a boil over high heat. Once it boils, turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and the majority of the broth is absorbed. Make sure to stir the pasta every 5 minutes or so, ensuring to quickly replace the lid each time. When the pasta is done, there should be a little bit of saucy broth remaining in the bottom of the skillet. Add the spinach to the skillet and stir until it’s wilted into the pasta. Turn off the heat, sprinkle the asiago cheese on top, stirring to combine. Enjoy!