Sriracha Fusilli with Bacon and Cheese (John's Football Sunday Comfort Food)
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Sriracha Fusilli with Bacon and Cheese (John's Football Sunday Comfort Food)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon EVOO

  • 8 slices meaty bacon, chopped

  • 1 bunch large scallions, whites and greens separated and chopped or thinly sliced

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 2 inches ginger, peeled and grated or thin matchsticks

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or grated

  • Salt

  • ¼ cup Shoaxing cooking wine or dry sherry

  • 1 cup chicken or beef brodo or stock

  • About 3 tablespoons sriracha sauce

  • 2 cups passata or tomato sauce

  • One 14.5-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 pound sriracha fusilli (see Tip) or short fusilli

  • 2 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese

  • Cilantro and basil, to serve

Preparation

Serves: 6 (or 1 John)

Heat a large pot of water to boil for pasta.

Heat oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until crisp, then remove. Add scallion whites, jalapeno peppers, ginger, garlic and salt and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Add Shaoxing, stock, sriracha, passata and fire-roasted tomatoes and reduce heat to keep sauce at a low bubbling simmer.   

Salt pasta water and cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions. Reserve ½ cup water, then drain, combine with sauce, cheese and half the bacon and stir 1 minute. Top with scallion greens, cilantro, torn basil and remaining bacon. 

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