I enjoyed this quite a bit, but since Heidikin's review concerning cooked lettuce really hit home with me (I've had braised lettuce before and just can't get into it) I changed the process slightly - I did not saute the lettuce in the pan but rather tossed the cooked pasta and tomatoes with the lettuce before topping with cheese and bacon. The result is lettuce that may be slightly wilted, slightly warm, but still cool and crisp in places. I would have used fresh romas if I had them, but instead used a can of chopped tomatoes (drained) with garlic and basil. That added some flavor that I feel would have been necessary, so if you are going to use fresh tomatoes I would recommend adding some fresh basil, garlic, maybe some crushed red pepper to the pan. I found the canned tomatoes, even though I drained them, added a bit more "sauce", which I really enjoyed. I ended up with a very flavorful dish, and I'm pretty sure I'll be having it again many times, but I know my tastes and will stick to not cooking the lettuce down. Thanks for sharing, Monica! I like this one a lot!
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I enjoyed this quite a bit, but since Heidikin's review concerning cooked lettuce really hit...