You can use bacon instead of the pancetta in this quick light meal where tomatoes, spinach and garlic are served with penne.
Altered ingredient amounts. VERY GOOD! Just a couple upgrades...I used 450g of bacon and almost 1kg of pasta. I put some spinach in the frypan and some in the pasta drainer to test both ways. It's good both ways. The strainer/colander spinach was just bland and wilted. The frypan spinach absorbed bacon flavour, so I recommend the frypan spinach version. (Already putting in a pound of bacon, we're not exactly watching our figure here.) I added onions and garlic to the cooked/drained bacon. And at the end I added some cream to the frypan before dumping it over the pasta. This was really good. - 29 Sep 2008
Something else. I made this a second time and made some changes to make it taste better. I removed my bacon and added fresh tomatoes to the 1 tbsp garlic. I boiled that down and then added a box of spinach. 2 minutes later I added the bacon back in. I turned off the heat and added 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Everyone ate it this time. This was my first review. "Tasted better the second day. Added parmesan to flavour it up." - 29 Sep 2008
I always follow the recipe EXACTLY the first time I make it if I am planning on doing a "review." Otherwise, how can you trust the "stars" if everyone is rating it based on changing the recipe? This was extremely yummy. Very flavourful. Easy to make. DELICIOUS! I found none of the problems that other reviewers did. - 29 Sep 2008