Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Crisp Bacon and Peas: A new twist on weeknight pasta!

Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Crisp Bacon and Peas
When my two kids say they don't want tomato sauce on their pasta, I know it's time for a "sauce" change.

It is what led me to make this creamy pasta dish with salty pieces of crisp bacon and nutritious green peas!

With the bacon cooked ahead of time, this simple dish takes under 15 minutes to prepare.
    Cooked Bacon, Chopped Bacon, Measured Pasta

    Having the prep ahead steps done the night before feels incredibly worthwhile the next day!  

    My wife Robin said she enjoyed this dish, and I did too! Our two kids didn't get a chance to try it so I will post an update in the comments when I get their thoughts.

    In the meantime, I invite you to give this Creamy Parmesan Pasta recipe a whirl in your kitchen the next time you feel like your weeknight pasta needs a new twist! Enjoy!

    Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Crisp Bacon and Peas: Easy to Make!

    Creamy Parmesan Pasta with Crisp Bacon and Peas
    Recipe Adapted from: The No Time to Cook Book by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

    Makes: 4 Servings
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook and Assemble Time: About 15 minutes

    • 10 oz. (285 grams) dried pasta of your choice
    • 2 tsp. olive oil
    • 2 medium cloves garlic, crushed in a garlic press or minced with a knife
    • 4 to 6 slices of cooked crisp bacon (American bacon), chopped
    • 1/2 cup cream (15% milk fat)
    • 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
    • salt and pepper to taste


    1. In a large pot cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water just before draining pasta. Drain pasta in a colander and set aside.

    2. In the same pot heat oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add garlic and chopped bacon. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low. Pour in cream, reserved cooking water, vinegar, Parmesan cheese, peas, and cooked pasta. Toss to coat pasta. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Dinner is ready!

    Brent Garell from Cookapalooza

    Hi, Brent here! Thank you for checking out my recipe for Creamy Parmesan Pasta. I look forward to getting your thoughts on this dish and furthering our food conversation in the comments! Cheers!

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