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Fast & Easy Dinner: Pasta With Bacon and Peas

Fast & Easy Dinner: Pasta With Bacon and Peas

While I'm a huge fan of classic carbonara, I also enjoy a variation on theme like this pasta dish. A thick, creamy sauce is made with half and half, shallots, and frozen peas. Crisp bacon is a salty and scrumptious garnish to the simple yet sophisticated meal.

This recipe is versatile, so if you wish to add sun-dried tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, or even roasted chicken, do so! Just be sure to serve with a glass of wine for a decadent start to the weekend. Learn the technique when you

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Pasta With Bacon and Peas

Pasta With Bacon and Peas

Pasta With Bacon and Peas

Ingredients

Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 slices bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
1 box (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
1 cup half-and-half
18 ounces fresh angel-hair pasta

Directions

  1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain (leave fat in skillet).
  3. Add shallots to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add peas and half-and-half; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  5. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.
  6. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to combine, adding some reserved pasta water a little at a time to coat. Sprinkle with bacon, and serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6.

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sergeantkero sergeantkero 7 years
with what i can replace the half and half? thank youu
smileyface smileyface 7 years
I made this for dinner last night! It was soooo yummy. I couldn't find shallots at the store, so I just used an onion...just as good!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
I made this last night... it was good, but not great. Ah well!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
take that whole dish and minus the bacon and you've sold me on it. when i'm in the mood for pasta which isn't often since i refuse to let myself eat it, i like to have fast and easy recipes to make that have a good flavor profile and this one really does it. you have the good texture of the peas and the full flavor of the shallots and the sauce....
Penny-C Penny-C 7 years
I'm from the UK can someone tell me what half and half is please?
oscartheslouch oscartheslouch 7 years
This is a great dish and can easily be tweaked to suit individual tastes. We made it a few months ago and it turned out very well: http://thebittenword.typepad.com/thebittenword/2008/03/fresh-angel-hai.html
oscartheslouch oscartheslouch 7 years
This is a great dish and can easily be tweaked to suit individual tastes. We made it a few months ago and it turned out very well:http://thebittenword.typepad.com/thebittenword/2008/03/fresh-angel-hai.html
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I too would be using turkey bacon and instead of peas, I think I'd use some spinach or something. I make a more veggie-packed variation of this on nights that I just don't have time.
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
yummmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Must try!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
I'm definitely going to try this... but I'll use turkey bacon and add some mushrooms... YUM!
RobyTose RobyTose 7 years
Think this would be okay with Spaghetti Squash instead of regular pasta to keep the carbs down? Wondering 'cause I tried another bacon and pasta dish with it and it was SO TERRIBLE. Taking suggestions... :)
RobyTose RobyTose 7 years
Think this would be okay with Spaghetti Squash instead of regular pasta to keep the carbs down?Wondering 'cause I tried another bacon and pasta dish with it and it was SO TERRIBLE.Taking suggestions... :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Oooh. That sounds so comforting!
shannzu shannzu 7 years
Oooh me to. I love carbonara and this sounds like an easy variation. Thanks!
jessie jessie 7 years
yum....i just printed this out!
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