Green Tomato Fettuccine
With Bacon & Prawns
Don’t get me wrong – a juicy, ripe, red tomato is a thing of glory. But don’t sell green tomatoes short! They have a flavour all their own, and they cook up fantastically. It’s funny really, we get so used to a food that we eat all the time, we forget that there might be other ways to go about it. In fact, in much of Asia, tomatoes are preferred when they’re in that just-barely-red phase, still tinged by green. On top of that, the growing popularity of heirloom varieties has done a lot to show people that there’s a lot more to life than the anemic mid-winter mealy globes that have passed for tomatoes all these years.
This simple pasta dish lets the bright, acidic flavour of the green tomatoes shine through against the contrasting umami-richness of the bacon, prawns, and cheese. It’s already a fairly healthy dish (for pasta, bacon, and cheese anyway), but you could always try a good turkey bacon if you wanted to reduce the fat further.
Inspired by this recipe from Jolene George at the Oregonian.
There’s nothing too complicated going on here – the whole thing comes together in a snap.
While I wrote fettuccine in the ingredient list, the pasta I used here is fettucce, which is a broad form of fettuccine. But nobody (including spellcheck) seems to know what fettucce is, and I didn’t want everyone thinking it was a typo. But hey, if you can find it, it’s a nice change. You can use any long pasta that you like; linguine or bucatini would be lovely.
As for the tomatoes, these are green UNRIPE tomatoes. I’m making the distinction because (at least where I live) green heirloom tomato varieties are becoming more and more common. While these tomatoes are amazing, beautiful, and delicious, they’re not what you’re looking for here. The idea with using unripe tomatoes is to showcase their somewhat acidic, grassy flavour against the rich bacon and cheese.
Grana padano cheese is my go-to here, but a good parmigiano-reggiano is lovely too. You could experiment with other aged, hard, glutamate-rich cheeses as well.
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