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Pasta with bacon and peas
- Cooking Pan
- 8 oz. pasta
- 6 oz. bacon
- 1 small onion
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
- ⅛ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
- Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and continue to boil until the pasta is tender (7-10 minutes). Reserve about a half cup of the starchy pasta water before draining the pasta in a colander.
- While the pasta is boiling, cook the bacon. Add the bacon to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until brown and crispy. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate with a slotted spoon. Drain most of the bacon grease from the pan, leaving about 2 Tbsp.
- While the bacon is cooking, finely dice the onion. Add the diced onion to the remaining bacon grease and sauté until tender (about 5 minutes).
- Add the frozen peas and about ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir until the peas have heated through.
- Add the drained pasta to the skillet, stir to combine, and remove from the heat.
- Top the pasta with Parmesan, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and crumbled bacon. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
WHAT KIND OF PASTA TO USEYou can literally use any type of pasta you have on hand for this recipe, which makes it a great option for using up leftovers in your pantry. Spaghetti, bowtie, fusilli, penne, or even ramen would work! I happened to have these little pasta shells, which turned out so cute because the peas would get caught in the shells and that made them look like peas in a pod. 🙂
WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD?
- Top with a fried egg or chopped hard boiled egg
- Toss in a handful of fresh spinach
- Top with crispy fried onions
- Sprinkle on a dash of malt vinegar
- Add heavy cream to make it saucy