Pasta with Onion, Bacon, and Goat Cheese


1 pound Penne Pasta

4 slices (4 ounces) bacon, sliced crosswise 1 inch thick

4 medium red onions, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for serving

Coarse salt and ground pepper

4 ounces soft goat cheese

Method of Preparation:

1. Cook pasta. Drain, reserving 2 cups pasta water; return pasta to pot.

2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet over medium, turning, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes; remove to a paper-towel-lined plate.

3. Add onions, garlic, and thyme to fat in skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cover; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Uncover; cook until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes more.

4. Crumble goat cheese over pasta; add onion mixture and 1 cup reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Toss, adding more pasta water as desired. Serve immediately, sprinkled with bacon and more thyme.