Pasta with Radicchio, Bacon & Walnuts

Pasta with Radicchio, Bacon, and walnuts is a classic meal with a complex flavor and that Italian flair for tossing together something incredible with very little.  It's a must try.

Pasta with Radicchio, Bacon & Walnuts

3 thick slices bacon
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 t red pepper flakes
1/2 t fresh cracked black pepper
1 small head radicchio, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
8oz pasta - Penne or fusilli
1/2 c toasted walnut halves, chopped
1/4 c shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 c shredded Parmesan cheese 
Cut the bacon in small slices & cook in a dutch oven or large skillet until the fat has rendered & bacon is crisp. Add  garlic, red pepper flakes & black pepper to the pan. Saute for a minute more.

Add radicchio to the pot, stir & turn off the heat.

Meanwhile cook the pasta in plenty of salted water until just al dente.

Scoop the cooked pasta right into the sauce, don't worry if a little cooking water comes along for the ride, it will help make the sauce. Toss well, add the walnuts & cheese. At this point you can add a little more pasta water if it seems too dry. Season with fresh cracked pepper if needed.

Serve immediately in shallow bowls, topped with more cheese, if you like.

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