Guys, HOLD THE FRICKIN’ PHONE!!!! This right here is the bomb dot com!! This Spicy Rotini with The Halal Guys hot sauce is a staple in our house. We actually make it every. single. Sunday. and have it for lunch on Monday and Tuesday. It’s got all the makings of a good meal:
☑ Carbs Carbs Carbs
☑ Gooey Cheese
Did you know there is a real science to cooking bacon? According to Alton Brown, who is my hero and the best cooking/science/kitchen genius around, the way to get the best flavor and texture of bacon is to cook it cold at 400ºF for 12 to 15 minutes. An alternative method is cooking it cold from the fridge on a cold pan and letting it heat up slowly. This slow cooking on a stovetop allows for even cooking, which is great for textured eaters!
Now I know some of you are vegetarians and will ask, “Can I make this without bacon?” You can do whatever you want, but I will tell you that we have tried this recipe with chicken, with tilapia, and with no meat whatsoever. There is a certain f l a v o r that bacon adds to the dish. A sort of hint, and undertone of smokeiness that really pairs well with the hot sauce ingredients. So yes, you can make this without bacon, but I highly recommend it with bacon.
You could make your own sauce, but why go through all that? We have tried a lot of those organic mom and pop, Trader Joe’s, Wegman’s, etc. pasta sauces. You know, the ones that cost $7 a jar? Ultimately, we settled on Rinaldi. We love the different flavors it offers; we love that the tomato flavor is not too overwhelming so we can enjoy the other flavors of the pasta, in this case, the hot sauce and the bacon.
I’m going to pause here and tell you about how much we love cheese. The recipe calls for 1 cup, right? But we honestly add 1 1/2 because we love how gooey it ends up. And then, when we reheat it (because we make it during meal prep), we add more cheese on top. Yea, we’re obsessed.
Look at our attempt to be fancy and use cloth napkins! Ha! Hope you guys like the spicy rotini as much as we do!