Sour Cream and Bacon Pasta (Hungarian-inspired)

Recently, I have been trying to explore other dishes, since most of my food is Asian, cause I really love Japanese, Korean, and Chinese food. I was talking to my friend who was Hungarian and we started discussing food. I’ve been quite intrigued because Eastern European dishes haven’t been something that’s been fully explored, and he was talking about how they would add Hungarian cheese, sour cream, and bacon to pasta, and that it tastes absolutely delicious, called Túrós csusza.

After some research, I couldn’t get any Hungarian cheese around me. Túró is a fresh cheese that usually consists of soft curds from cow, sheep, or goat milk. It’s so popular it’s added to many dishes, both sweet and savory. I tried making my own, but I simply did not have the time nor the right ingredients so I decided to use cream cheese and cottage cheese. Of course, it won’t be the same, so that’s why I couldn’t write the actual name of the dish.

Traditionally, you make this with egg noodles, but I used a rich egg-based pasta for this dish. I also opted to bake it, a step that you can skip if you don’t want it baked. It turned out really great–and I can imagine that having this with some Túró would be even better.

Sour Cream and Bacon Pasta

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 5-6

Ingredients:

  • 350 grams of flat egg noodles or wide flat pasta like tagliatelle or Linguine
  • 200 grams bacon slab, diced
  • 250 grams of Túró (or cottage cheese, if it’s not available)
  • ¼ cup of cream cheese
  • 300 grams of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped green onion or leeks
  • 2 teaspoons of dill, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C / 392°F
  2. In a large oven-safe pan, place the bacon and render the fat. remove the bacon from the pan.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of the green onions and cook for 20 seconds before turning off the fire.
  4. In a pot, cook the egg noodles or pasta according to instructions, minutes at least 2 minutes. Don’t make it too al dente or it will be overcooked.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, remove the pasta from the water and place onto the pan and mix until the pasta is coated with the bacon fat.
  6. Add cream cheese, half the cottage cheese or the Hungarian cheese, and half the sour cream, half the cooked bacon and mix everything together.
  7. If your pan is not oven safe, transfer everything to an oven sake dish.
  8. Top with more sour cream and cottage cheese, 1 tbsp green onions and the rest of the bacon.
  9. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

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