Here's a pasta dish that I made the other night and it was fabulous- took less than 15 minutes to prepare & cook everything- Pasta with Italian Bacon and Mushrooms In 3 TBS olive oil, saute 3 large cloves garlic, sliced, until very brown. Remove the garlic pieces and add 1 cup of sliced Italian bacon or ham (regular bacon will do, too!) to the hot oil & also 1 tsp finely chopped hot pepper. When the bacon is pretty much cooked, add the mushrooms (I used "maitake", but any brown mushroom will work, about 2 cups, in thick slices). Return the garlic chips to pan if desired. Drain the cooked pasta(spaghetti or spaghettini, enough for 4) and put 3 TBS olive oil in the still-hot pot you've used to cook the pasta, return the drained pasta and top with the bacon/mushroom mixture. Toss well. You may serve with greated romano-pecorino cheese(or parmesan) btu it is fabulous plain. The sauce should take just as long as the pasta to cook, about 8 minutes, so you can start both at the same time.