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Spicy garlic bread and BLT pasta take Italian food up a notch

This exciting twist on a classic Italian meal features Valerie Bertinelli's spicy garlic bread and pasta filled with the flavors of a classic BLT sandwich.
by Valerie Bertinelli / / Source: TODAY

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Actress, cooking show host and cookbook author Valerie Bertinelli is stopping by the TODAY Kitchen to share Italian recipes with a twist from her new book "Valerie's Home Cooking: More than 100 Delicious Recipes to Share with Friends and Family."

She shows us how to make a delicious dish that combines pasta with the classic flavors of a BLT sandwich and how to give buttery garlic bread an extra kick.

BLT Pasta

BLT Pasta

Valerie Bertinelli

One day I looked in the fridge and found bacon, arugula and fresh basil. I already had tomatoes in a bowl on the counter. And I thought, “Wait a minute. This is a BLT. What if I put it all together?” I did, and the result was a splendidly tender pasta with a lightly acidic tomato-wine sauce that went perfectly with the smoky bacon, peppery arugula and sweet basil.

Spicy Garlic Bread

Spicy Garlic Bread

Valerie Bertinelli

I love crisp, buttery garlic bread any way I can get it. My favorite way to prepare it is sprinkled with spicy red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.

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