This is a simple meal to throw together without much planning, and yet feels decadent.
Spaghetti with Bacon, Spinach, and Cracked Black Pepper
(Serves 2-3, but should be easy to scale up)
3 slices Bacon
3-4 handfuls Spinach
Fresh-ground Black Pepper
Bring a pot of generously salted water to rolling boil and add the spaghetti. When the noodles are al dente, drain them and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, add a splash of olive oil and the bacon and cook until done. Remove the bacon from the skillet, slice it into thin strips. Drain excess fat from the pan down to 1 or 2 tbsp, if necessary.
Return bacon to the pan. Add a glug of balsamic vinegar and the spinach. Cook briefly until the spinach just begins to wilt, then add the noodles and a generous amount of pepper. Toss thoroughly and add salt to taste. The noodles should be lightly coated throughout; add a little olive oil if necessary. Serve immediately.