Spaghetti with pine nuts and bacon

Just when you think there's no food in the house, you may find all the ingredients for this simple recipe.

Ever had one of those days where it feels like there's nothing to eat in the house? If you're like me, then you always keep some bacon in the freezer for emergencies, so you can whip something up with what you have on hand.

And, if you don't have any bacon in the freezer, this is the perfect reason to start keeping a stash of emergency bacon. You won't regret it

1 package spaghetti
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lb thick-cut double smoked bacon, cut into 1/2" wide strips
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 red hot chili pepper, (not the band; finely minced)
1/4 cup pine nuts
fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
freshly grated parmesan, for garnish

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. 

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it starts to crisp. Add garlic, chili pepper and pine nuts, and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the bacon is completely crisp and pine nuts are toasty brown.

When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid, then drain. Add pasta to the pan, along with the reserved pasta water, and toss to combine.

Serve immediately, with a sprinkling of parsley and parmesan.