The overall idea here is for this pasta to look like a beautiful garden salad, with pasta. I use a mix of different types of tomatoes and lettuces so there's an array of greens and reds and oranges, bound together with some cheese and cream, salt and pepper.
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
3 cups hardy mixed greens, such as arugula, kale, radicchio
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon bacon fat
1 teaspoon olive oil
16 ounces penne
Step 1In a medium sized bowl, toss together the tomatoes and the lettuces with a little salt. Set aside.
Step 2Put a large pot of salted water on the stove for the pasta.
Step 3Mix together the eggs, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
Step 4Heat the bacon fat and olive oil in a large skillet.
Step 5When the pasta is al dente, drain it and toss it with the bacon fat until it's coated.
Step 6Toss the pasta with the egg and cream mixture.
Step 7Then mix in the tomato and lettuce mixture with any juices that have leached out. Let the pasta sit for a minute, then give it another stir. During that minute the tomatoes will have warmed and released more of their juice, so what might have initially looked like a pasta dish without enough sauce becomes quite the opposite.
Step 8Serve and enjoy.