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
- 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
- Set a large pot of salted water to boil.
- 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).
- Add shallots to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add peas and half-and-half; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
- 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 bacon, and serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 6.
- Pasta, Main Dishes