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Addictive Kimchi and Bacon Cream Pasta

Addictive Kimchi and Bacon Cream Pasta

This is a popular dish in a pasta restaurant in Osaka.
I made it a little milder to suit everyone's tastes.

Ingredients: 1 serving

Pasta (I recommend regular to thick spaghetti)
100 g
EV olive oil … A
30 ml (2 tablespoons)
Garlic (roughly chopped) …A
1 clove (normal size)
Onion (thinly sliced)
1/4
Bacon (3 to 4 cm strips)
1 to 2 rashers
Chinese cabbage kimchi (3 to 4 cm strips) …B
100 g (if you don't like spicy food, use less)
Milk …B
50 ml
Heavy cream …B
50 ml
Mirin...B
10 ml
Usukuchi soy sauce …B
1/4 teaspoon
Salt …C
as needed
Pepper …C
as needed
Black pepper (peppercorns or coarse ground)
as needed

Steps

1. Cut garlic, onion, bacon and kimchi as mentioned in the ingredients.
2. Combine the B ingredients in a bowl.
3. Put 3 liters of water (to cook pasta) in a large pan and turn the heat on. When it's just about to boil, add 2 tablespoons of salt (1% salt water).
4. The amount of salt in the boiling water in Step 3 will affect the taste of the pasta, so measure it out properly. When the pasta water comes to a boil, turn the heat down very low to have it ready to go.
5. Put the A ingredients in a cold frying pan, and turn on the heat to low.
6. When the garlic gets fragrant, add the bacon. Cook slowly to transfer the flavors and fragrances to the oil.
7. When the garlic from Step 6 is lightly browned and the edges of the bacon are getting crispy, add the onion from Step 1.
8. Lightly season Step 7 with salt and pepper. Turn the heat to medium-low, and when the onion is cooked through, turn off the heat.
9. At the same time, put the pasta in the pasta water you brought to a boil in Step 4. Cook it for 30 seconds to a minute less than the time on the package. The heat should remain set to low.
10. Strain the al dente pasta into a colander, without totally draining off the pasta water. Add the wet pasta with the sauce mixture from Step 2 to the Step 8 frying pan.
11. Turn up the heat to medium-low and mix altogether. When it starts to bubble and thickens, turn off the heat.
12. Don't overcook it in Step 11. If you overcook it, the sauce will be lumpy. Serve it on a plate, grind black pepper over the pasta, and it's done. Yummy.
13. Here's a Cookpad user that made it with chopped green onions on top. I've tried it myself, and it was delicious!! So, if you have green onions, please give it a try.

Story Behind this Recipe

In Osaka, there is a pasta restaurant where you can choose your own toppings.
One day, I ordered cream pasta with kimchi on top and I was totally hooked!

Then I thought, "This would go so well with bacon!" Now I'm absolutely addicted.