Dinner Tonight: Kimchi Pasta with Bacon and Sesame Seeds


[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Marc Matsumoto—the writer behind the beautiful food blog, No Recipes—admits from the start that this recipe was created because he was "feeling lazy" and didn't want to leave his house. Last night I found myself in exactly the same situation—hungry but too lazy to trek out to the store to buy all new ingredients. If you happen to be stocked with Korean and Italian staples (like I am) then this is the perfect solution.

In keeping with the spirit of only using what I had on hand, I subbed out the pork belly for thick-cut bacon. Also, I added a bit of butter for creaminess and some sesame seeds for show.

The result is a dish with a rich cured pork flavor and some intense spice. I kind of wished there was something to temper some of the spice, but for a meal thrown together so quickly, it's pretty remarkable.

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