Peas are definitely a vegetable that I did not enjoy until my adult years. Late adult years. Really late adult years. But now I love them; their small delicate size, their wonderful bright color, their sweetness. I find myself altering a lot of dishes, just by adding some peas.
Then there’s bacon. Good lordy, bacon. Just the smell can make me weak in the knees.
Combine those two ingredients with some cream, shallot, and pasta, and you’ve got my attention! Spotted this dish from Everyday Food and adapted it just slightly. The flavor is fantastic, with depth and texture…and it’s on your table in less than 30 minutes.
Easy+quick+yummy = to be repeated.
Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
• 1/3 cup pre-cooked bacon pieces, plus more for garnish
• 1 tablespoon butter
• salt and ground pepper
• 2 shallots, chopped
• 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed
• 1 cup half-and-half
• 1 box spaghetti
Set a large pot of salted water to boil.
In a large pan, heat butter over medium heat; add shallots, stir occasionally until they begin to soften, 1-2 minutes. Add bacon and saute for a minute. Add peas and half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
In the meantime, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to combine, adding some reserved pasta water, a little at a time to coat. Sprinkle with a few more bacon pieces and serve.