Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Spaghetti Aglio Olio With Bacon and Mushrooms


This is inspired by the one my partner and I had at Ampersand by Culinary Rebels. The first time we had it plain and yet it was so good. Then the second time, we opted to add bacon and mixed mushrooms. That made it even more awesome.

So now, I am ready to make some at home. I've heard of spaghetti aglio olio way before this and I used to wonder what it was all about.


Turns out that it's basically spaghetti tossed in garlic flavored oil. My dad will tell you that it is the Italian version of mee goreng and I can't say that he is wrong. 

There can be many versions of spaghetti aglio olio because you can pretty much add anything you like. The basic step is browning some sliced garlic (I like lots) with olive oil to flavor the oil and then tossing your spaghetti with it and then seasoning with salt and pepper and some chili flakes.


Of course I must have bacon in mine. I sliced two rashers of streaky bacon into small pieces and fried them in the pan with a some olive oil. The bacon released lots of delicious fats which were soaked up by the mushrooms. 


This is so delicious I tell you! I can eat this everyday if I had my way. But no, pasta goes straight to my belly and my butt. As such, I have to exercise restraint. Tsk!


You will notice some scant sprinkling of something on my pasta. That is actually this salad seasoning which I picked up at Ralphs in LA some time ago.



I'm afraid I don't like this seasoning because it contains cheese. Romano cheese. Smelly stuff. Ugh! I didn't read the label carefully :(



I haven't been able to bring myself to throw it away because my partner paid for it. I can waste my own money but I won't waste other people's money.



Anyway, it's still in the fridge until such time when I make something (pizza?) where I can use the seasoning and the smell of the Romano cheese will be masked by some other ingredients.










Spaghetti Aglio Olio
Recipe source : Phong Hong
No exact measurements are needed, k?

Ingredients :
- Spaghetti, cooked until al dente
- Garlic, sliced
- Bacon, cut into smaller pieces
- Portobello and Bunashimeiji mushrooms
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper

Method :
1. Heat olive oil in pan and fry bacon until browned and crispy. Remove and set aside.
2. Using the same oil, saute the garlic until lightly browned.
3. Add mushrooms and saute until mushrooms are wilted.
4. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Add spaghetti to the pan and toss.
6. Return fried bacon to the pan and mix with spaghetti and mushrooms.
7. Eat!


37 comments:

  1. My girl loves cheese. Dunno if she will love this. Maybe I can surprise her when she comes home this weekend.

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    1. I am sure she will love this! Go ahead and cook some for her :)

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  2. How i wish that this bowl of Spaghetti is for my lunch, hehe....

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    1. hee..hee... Quite simple I am sure you can cook this.

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  3. This dish Spaghetti Aglio Olio always sounds easy to make to many but they didn't know that the right brand of herbs and olive oil are very important to make them excellent like yours. That's because you went to Los Angeles to buy Ralphs!!! Wah!! You went to LA and never posted your photos?? Mana boleh!!

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  4. bacon + mushroom, the best combination ever!

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  5. I like all kinds of pasta, but I don't and never order aglio oglio, usually I will order carbonarra or any creamy cheesy banjir gravy punya pasta..But your pasta got bacon, sure very fragrant.. And ingredients very simple, need a lot of garlic, mushroom.. Ok la, can do next time..

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    1. Me pulak don't like the creamy cheesy one. The smell is too strong for me.

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  6. This is my (and my son's) favourite pasta dish by far...more so when it doesn't involve cheese (for me)! I make this quite often at home too...with cili padi (fusion mah)...haha....coz I don't seem to be able to find red pepper flakes (only powdered type of chilli flakes).

    Yours look delicious but I didn't know you used portobello mushrooms until I came to the end. I thought they were white button mushrooms coz portobello mushrooms are very big when sliced.

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    1. I also can't find red pepper flakes. Hmmm...next time I will put cili padi like you :) The portobello mushrooms I bought had small caps. Also I cut them smaller.

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  7. Hmm... I think there's not enough bacon in the mix... I can barely see them!

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    1. Not enough, eh? OK, next time I tambah another 2 slices :)

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  8. My girl and my boys will love this dish super much! I am still learning how to eat and enjoy spaghetti, very chinese-sey of me, I know!

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    1. Aiyo....very nice lah I am sure you will like it.

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  9. But this one more posh version of mee goring :P

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  10. I have eaten Spaghetti Aglio Olio somewhere before but yours looks so yummy! I am sure yours taste better too with the bacon.

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    1. Anything with bacon will sure taste better hee..hee...

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  11. Come, I help you finish the salad seasoning! ;P It is not the pasta that goes straight to my belly and my butt. It is the fats from the streaky bacon.

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    1. You want? I will gladly give the salad seasoning to you.

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  12. Romano cheese could be smelly and pungent but they go well in pizza and salad. Add some vinaigrette in your salad so the cheese would not be too overwhelming.

    I love your aglio olio. I agree that bacon and mushroom is the best combination. Simple is good.

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    1. I find the smell of Romano cheese way too strong. Can pengsan!

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  13. Delicious plate of pasta! With added bacon, sinful but so good!
    I have never tried Romano cheese. Would have to get some, one of these days to try.

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    1. You like smelly cheese? hee..hee///

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  14. Oh mine, this looks so delicious, I can eat two big plates

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  15. Phong Hong this is lovely! And I love that it is an agar-agar (estimation) kind of dish!

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    1. Thanks, Diana! It was also partly inspired by your delicious pasta dishes!

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  16. Hi Phong Hong,

    I like your agak agak way of cooking this pasta... For my son, I will add more bacon and more cheese for me :D

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! For me, more bacon yes, more cheese no! hee..hee...

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  17. Phong Hong,
    Yeah ! Hi 5 that we don't like too creamy cheesy stuff ... when I cook Spaghetti Aglio Olio, I love to throw in lots of garlic & red chilli ...Yours with bacon looks so delish!

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    1. Hi Karen! Yeah, yeah, we two got same taste!

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  18. Love this...simple and yummy... let's eat. Thanks for sharing

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