Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3 Ps - Pea, Pancetta, Pasta

David made this dinner for me the other night when we were both exhausted and were in the mood for a nice warm pasta dish.  This is a recipe from his mom and I'm happy to share this as another amazing dish cooked in my kitchen.


1 lb farfalle pasta
1 cup frozen peas
4 slices bacon
1 cup heavy cream

To make:

Step 1) Start pasta water boiling on the stove, when it is ready add the box of farfalle pasta.  At the end of the cooking, be sure to remember to save 1 cup of the starchy pasta water.
Step 2) While pasta cooks, lay the bacon on a paper towel on a plate and do a quick cook in the microwave (1 minuter per piece).  When the bacon is done, carefully remove from the microwave and let the bacon cook and then chop into bite size pieces.
Step 3) Place the cream in a saucepan and heat until bubbling, be sure to stir this as much as possible to avoid burning the cream.
Step 4) With two minutes to go on the pasta, add the peas to the boiling water to allow them to thaw.
Step 5) Reserve a cup of water and then drain the peas and pasta and return to the pan.
Step 6) Add cream to the pasta and peas and then add 1/2 cup of the water (if it is too dry after 5 minutes, you can add the rest).
Step 7) On low heat, cook the cream and peas and pasta and allow to mix together and really combine.
Step 8) About 5-7 minutes later, remove from heat, stir in the bacon and serve in bowls topped with fresh ground black pepper!

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