I worked at a place called Noodles and Company for three years. It made me appreciate good, fresh and simple product. It also enabled me to eat entirely too much pasta for the years I was there.
Side note: If there is a Noodles and Company near you, you should GO EAT THERE, its a great inexpensive lunch or dinner that is fresh and DELICIOUS…I no longer work there but still love to eat there whenever I am near one! 🙂
ANYWAYS, since I ate so much pasta while I was there, I found myself never eating pasta anywhere else. When I go out to eat, I always find myself ordering something other than pasta as well. The portions are WAY too big or the pasta is over-cooked….then this past summer we went to Italy….and I fell in love with pasta all over again. The pasta there is nothing short of amazing. Fresh and simple ingredients is all you need make a great pasta dish.
This pasta dish reminds me of the ones we had in Italy. The bacon, walnuts, spinach and parmesan are an amazing combo I wouldn’t of thought to put together, but it is oh so good. A little lemon juice over the top balances it out PERFECTLY. I used this recipe, we used bacon instead of pancetta and just onion instead of shallots… enjoy with a nice glass of wine ! 🙂