This is one of those meals that tastes so miraculous, yet it all comes together with leftovers. Half a box of pasta, half a pack of bacon, some leftover peas from dinner the other night, mint from the garden, and just the right amount of Parmesan cheese. It's a creamy, cheesy, comforting and pleasing meal that was heaven sent. Plus, it all comes together in the time it takes to boil the pasta.
Pasta with a Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce
Adapted from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
Serves 4-6 (I halved the recipe)
10 slices smoked bacon or pancetta
a small bunch of fresh mint
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dried mini shell or other type of pasta
a pat of butter
2 cups frozen peas
2 tablespoons heavy cream
6 ounces Parmesan cheese
To prepare your pasta:
Finely slice the bacon. Pick the mint leaves and discard the stalks. Finely grate the Parmesan.
To cook your pasta:
Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Add the mini pasta and cook according to the package instructions. Get a large frying pan over a medium heat and add a good lug of olive oil and the butter. Add the bacon to the pan, sprinkle a little pepper over and fry until golden and crisp. Meanwhile, finely chop your mint leaves. As soon as the bacon is golden, add your frozen peas and give the pan a good shake. After a minute or so, add the heavy cream and chopped mint to the bacon and peas. Drain the pasta in a colander over a large bowl, reserving some of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the frying pan. Halve your lemon and squeeze the juice over the pasta. When it's all bubbling away nicely, remove from the heat. It's really important that the sauce is creamy, silky, and delicious but if it's too thick for you, add a splash of the reserved cooking water to thin it out a bit. Add the grated Parmesan and give the pan a shake to mix it in.
To serve your pasta:Divide your pasta between plates or bowls, or put it on the table in a large serving dish and let everyone help themselves. Lovely with a simply dressed green salad.
Notes/Results: I absolutely loved this recipe! Creamy, cheesy, bacony...delicious. I do want to note that I needed to use a touch more cream to bring it all together, but otherwise it was perfect!
If you're celebrating the Memorial Day holiday have a great weekend!!