How to Cook Penne Boscaiola for Difficult Diets

by Diana Mounter

Visiting my Mum in the UK and she has a lovely kitchen so thought I'd put it to use and make an old favorite for lunch. This recipe can be adapted for gluten free, low fructose, and low lactose diets.


  • 2 Rashes of bacon
  • 3 Green onions
  • ½ Cups Chicken stock
  • 2 Small or 1 average sized tomato
  • ¼ Cups Cream (or low fat/lactose free substitute)
  • ⅓ Cups Dry white wine
  • 1 Glass of wine for you
  • Pasta for one (I used gluten free corn pasta)
  • Cracked pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    A few notes: 1) Use whatever cream or cream substitute you can have/like. 2) American bacon is different to English/Aussie/Irish bacon, you can get Irish bacon in Wholefoods which is similar to this.

    Step 2

    Put the water on to boil for the pasta. Don't forget that like I forgot to take a photo of it.

    Step 3

    Fry the bacon, not too crispy. Mmmm doesn't that look delicious.

    Step 4

    Don't panic if this is what your pan looks like after, we're going to fix that. (If not I'm in big trouble with my Mum!)

    Step 5

    Set the bacon aside, dab it with a paper towel if it's very greasy. Try not to eat it.

    Step 6

    Chop up the dark green part of the green onions (spring onions in UK English).

    Step 7

    Grab the tomatoes and take an artistic foodie photo.

    Step 8

    Chop them up.

    Step 9

    Usually Boscaiola is made with mushrooms but I can't eat them. I had it with tomatoes in a restaurant one time and thought it was delicious so that's how I cook it now. Choose your preference!

    Step 10

    Grab the bottle of wine and consider whether it's okay to drink alcohol or not yet.

    Step 11

    Now is a good time to put the pasta on, depending on cooking instructions. Mine takes 8 minutes.

    Step 12

    Boil the kettle.

    Step 13

    Dissolve the stock cube in boiling water, I only ended up using about half this but it's good to have a bit extra in case your sauce ends up too thick.

    Step 14

    Chop up the bacon. Try not to eat it still.

    Step 15

    Decide it's okay to drink wine now and pour yourself a glass.

    Step 16

    Put the onions in the pan with a little olive oil if the pan is dry. Add the wine after 2 minutes and simmer on low for several minutes until the liquid reduces by half.

    Step 17

    Sizzle sizzle.

    Step 18

    You've probably started to notice the bacon gunk is coming off the pan now. Yay! Add the tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute.

    Step 19

    Add the chicken stock.

    Step 20

    Add the bacon and simmer for 2 minutes.

    Step 21

    Ideally around now your pasta should be ready. Drain and toss in some olive oil so it doesn't get sticky.

    Step 22

    Add a generous serving of cracked pepper, parsley or basil, and about this much cream.

    Step 23

    Stir in the cream. Simmer for 2 minutes.

    Step 24

    Pour the pasta into the pan.

    Step 25

    Mix together... Hmmm that's quite a lot for one.

    Step 26

    This is a lot of pasta, but I'm hungry.

    Step 27

    Be classy and enjoy your meal with a glass of wine and an episode of Battlestar Galactica ;)