Friday 6 November 2015


Tomato Bacon & Broccoli Pasta

Adapted from Just One Cookbook
Serves 3-4


1. 3 servings wholemeal organic spaghetti cooked according to packet instructions
2. 400g fresh pork belly sliced in strips
3. 4 oyster mushrooms sliced in strips
4. 10 broccoli florets blanched
5. 2 cloves garlic minced
6. 1 large onion minced
7. 1 can of organic tomatoes in juice
8. 1 TBS olive oil
9. 1 TBS Japanese mirin
10. 1 TBS canola cooking oil
11. Salt & pepper to taste
12. 1 bunch parsley chopped
13. Sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


1. Cook pasta separately according to package instructions.
2. Heat pan with Canola cooking oil, fry garlic until golden.
3. Add onion and fry until golden.
4. Add meat and fry until brown.
5. Add oyster mushrooms and fry until golden.
6. Add 1 salt and 1 TBS mirin, reduce heat to prevent burn, stir well.
7. Add canned tomatoes, salt and pepper, stir well.
8. Add pasta and mix well.
9. Add broccoli and mix well.
10. Add 1 TBS olive oil and stir well.
11. Sprinkle parsley and stir well.
12. Dish and serve with grated Parmesan cheese :-)

Additional Information:
Our Little FECS and Mr. FECS are requesting for pasta, so I am making pasta dishes this week. I normally don't like any tomato-based or meat sauce pasta. I used to make them using store-bought ready to use pasta sauce, and it just didn't taste good. They tasted boring, but after making this Japanese inspired recipe, I am persuaded. It tasted really good and fresh. I think the reason is because real tomatoes are used. The canned tomatoes tasted more real than bottled pasta sauce. I am falling in love with tomato-based pasta now :-)

After our first full cooking class with our Little FECS during the fall school holidays, I am more confident of cooking more with him. Today is my day off from work (I work half-time). So I fetched our Little FECS home early from school, and we made dinner together :-) I must say, he had done most of the preparation and cooking himself. I am just at the side supervising :-)

After reading the recent report from WHO about eating bacon and other processed meat increases the risk of cancer significantly, I use the fresh pork breast, which are used to make bacon, for this dish.


Here is what you need. I forgot to show Parmesan cheese and onion.

You can buy pork belly from Netto for 69 DKK for 1.2 kg.

Peel garlic.

Chop garlic lengthwise.

Chop garlic breadth-wise.

Cut onion.

Slice oyster mushrooms in strips.

Cut pork breast in strips.

Now it's done :-)

Chop parsley.

Now it's done :-)

Heat canola cooking oil on pan.

Test that the pan is hot by dropping a garlic.

Add garlic.

Fry until golden.

Add onion and fry until golden.

Add meat.

Fry until brown.

Meanwhile, boil a pot with a lot of water to cook pasta. Add 1 pinch of salt into pot.

Add 1 TBS olive oil.

Add oyster mushrooms.

Add 1 tsp. of salt.

Add 1 TBS of Japanese mirin.

When water boils, add pasta and cook for 8 minutes.

Add canned tomatoes.

Add pepper.

Add a dash of tomato sauce and mix well.

When pasta is done after 8 minutes, drain and add to sauce.

Mix well.
Add 1 TBS olive oil and mix well.

Add parsley.

Mix well.

Blanch broccoli with hot boiling water. Drain immediately. Add to pasta.

Stir and mix well.

Dish out and serve with grated Parmesan cheese :-)

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