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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bacon & Pea Pasta

Last night I threw together a simple pasta dish with bacon and peas. I used applewood smoked bacon adding sweet and smokey notes to the pasta. The fresh peas add great color, (after all we eat with our eyes!) and texture. I used rigatoni, but you can use any type of noodle. I like rigatoni for the fact that the shape lends well to absorbing sauce. If you are looking for a quick dinner fix, this recipe is for you ;) 


Bacon & Pea Pasta
(serves 4)
1/2 bag rigatoni, or other pasta
4 slices of applewood smoked bacon
1 cup fresh peas
1/2 cup fresh or frozen minced basil (frozen basil cubes available at Trader Joes!)
2-3 tbsp butter 
1/4 cup milk 
3 tbsp cream cheese 
3 tsp minced garlic
Salt, pepper, dried basil 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese


Boil pasta by package directions. Fry bacon in large skillet until cooked, then set aside on a paper towel to soak up remaining grease. Leave a thin coating of bacon grease in the pan and add your peas, basil and butter. Saute over medium heat until well blended, then add milk, cream cheese, garlic and herbs into pan. Bring to a boil while mixing and then simmer on low. Chop up your bacon and add to your sauce. When pasta drains, keep a few tablespoons of pasta water to add to your sauce. Toss your cooked pasta and sauce together. Plate with a sprinkling of parmesan and enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. I made this last week and it was absolutely delicious!!!!! I will definitely add this recipe to my favorites!

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  2. Thank you for your comment. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the pasta. Keep on reading :)

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