Monday, April 22, 2013

SRC Reveal: Kate's Kitchen {Orphan Rescue}

I'm on Orphan-detail again today for the Secret Recipe Club and I am very excited about having been introduced to Kate at Kate's Kitchen. Kate succinctly writes about why we all learned to cook. Probably. At least it's true for me, too: I live to eat and because I love to eat, I've learned to cook.

Looking through Kate's blog, I settled on her Bacon Sage Pasta Sauce because I can never say no to something with bacon. Then she added sage. What a winning combination!

 Bacon Sage Pasta Sauce
Adapted from Kate's Kitchen

2 T olive oil
3 T butter
36 fresh sage leaves
6 slices bacon
2/3 C wine oak-aged beer
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large zucchini or 2 small, diced
1/2 lb pasta with ridges (I used radiatore)
1/2 c coarsely grated parmesan reggiano
freshly ground sea salt
freshly ground pepper

Bring your water to a boil, then keep on a simmer while you make the sauce. Gently heat about 12 sage leaves in the olive oil - just to infuse the oil, not to fry the leaves. Dice the bacon and add it to your pan. Just as it's starting to get brown, add about two dozen more sage leaves.

Put the chopped zucchini and crushed garlic into the pan and saute until softened. Pour in the beer. Allow the liquid to reduce a bit.  While the liquid is reducing, bring the water to a boil again and cook your pasta to al dente.  Add in the butter to the sauce.  Toss the pasta into the sauce until nicely coated and glossy.


  1. Oh my, this looks fantastic!! Thank you so, so very much for coming to the rescue again. We so appreciate it!

  2. I couldn't agree with you more, bacon yes! I love sage cooked in butter, but butter is right up there with bacon! It was so great of you to help out an orphan!

  3. Ohhh, Thank You Camilla!! Love the substitution of the beer. Our sage is going to be ready soon and we'll have to try the recipe that way. I so appreciate your rescuing me :-) Kate

  4. Love Kate's site. And I love this recipe. Beer and bacon? Yum!!!!

  5. I'm a bacon lover too and pairing with sage for pasta really sounds divine! Thanks for being on team orphan rescue!

  6. i would like to meet someone who DOESNT like bacon. bacon is phenomenal. it was the ONE meet i really missed when i was a veggie and it's something that makes me absolutely weak in the knees. it's the bees knees. and it has mine too. mmmm bacon.

    Happy SRC reveal!!

    p.s. thank you for the rescue - way to step up!

    1. I know. I was a vegetarian over half a decade and bacon was definitely something that I missed!


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