Radicchio and Bacon Pasta


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Autumn and Winter Cooking with a Veg Box (Riverford Companions)

Autumn and Winter Cooking with a Veg Box (Riverford Companions)

By Guy Watson

Published 2015

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Sweet onions, salty Parmesan, crisp, smoky bacon and a little cream temper radicchio’s pleasant bitterness. If you are particularly fond of its sharpness, use two heads rather than one. To save time, you could also omit the onion, adding a little garlic with the bacon instead.


  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1–2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 long pasta (linguin


In a heavy-bottomed pan over a medium heat, fry the onion in a tablespoon of the oil and the butter for 10 minutes, or until translucent.

Add the bacon to the onion and continue to fry gently until the fat runs and it begins to colour. Add the radicchio, stir and cook for a minute or so, until collapsed, adding a little more oil if necessary.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according