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Bacon and Pea Pasta

4 March 2022 By Aleksandra

This bacon peas pasta is a delicious pasta recipe with crispy bacon, peas, and cheesy sauce that you will make in 30 minutes! The recipe makes a big batch because it reheats well so you can have this kid-friendly dinner for a couple of days!

Bacon peas pasta on a blue plate,

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need for this easy recipe:

Labeled ingredients for bacon peas pasta.
  • small pasta – I used mini bowties
  • bacon – I prefer thick-cut bacon in this dish which has more bite, leftover ham would also be great
  • peas – I used frozen peas
  • cheese – I used parmesan and pecorino which is a cheese similar to parmesan but made with goat milk, it adds an amazing tangy flavor to this dish but you can use just parmesan if you can’t find it
  • onion and garlic
  • white wine (dry) – adds flavor and acidity to the dish, you could add broth instead if you don’t want to use it but you may need to add a little bit more lemon juice
  • broth – I used chicken broth
  • lemon juice – adds a refreshing flavor to the dish
  • chili flakes – for a kick of spice but you can omit adding them

How to make it

Pasta is being cooked in a pot. Chopped ingredients for pasta.

STEP 1: Cook the pasta al dente (it should have a bite to it) in a large pot, about 30-60 seconds shorter than the time on the package. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it back to the pot, put it back on the burner over low heat.

STEP 2: Dice the bacon and onions, finely chop garlic. Grate the cheese on the small holes of a block grater.

Bacon is being cooked in a pan. Sauteed onions and garlic in a pan.

STEP 3: Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. When hot add the bacon. Cook for a couple of minutes until browned. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate.

You could also cook bacon in the oven. Make sure to reserve some of the bacon grease and use it to cook onions.

STEP 4: Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds.

Peas is being cooked in a pan. Shredded cheese is added to pasta in a pot.

STEP 5: Add the wine and cook for a couple of minutes or until reduced in half.

Add the pasta cooking water and peas. Cook for about a minute until warm (or for 2-3 minutes if peas are frozen).

STEP 6: Add broth to the pot with pasta and warm up. Add both types of grated cheese, in about 4 additions, and stir until the cheese is mostly melted. Set aside.

Bacon, peas, and pasta in a pot. Pasta is being stirred in a pot.

STEP 7: Add the peas and bacon to the pot with pasta. Stir until evenly distributed.

Season the pasta with lemon juice, chili flakes, salt, and pepper.

Serve with more grated parmesan and enjoy!

Bacon and peas pasta in a pot.

Storage

This pasta dish reheats really well so the recipe makes a big batch! It’s good for 4 days in the fridge or for 4 months in the freezer.

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Bacon and Pea Pasta

This bacon peas pasta is a delicious pasta recipe with crispy bacon, peas, and cheesy sauce that you will make in 30 minutes! The recipe makes a big batch because it reheats well so you can have this kid-friendly dinner for a couple of days!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 7 servings
Calories 605kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 13 oz (370g) dry small pasta, small bowties, small shells, or small elbow pasta
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup (90g) grated parmesan, plus more to serve
  • 1 cup (90g) grated pecorino cheese, or parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons frying oil
  • 12 oz (340g) thick-cut bacon, or leftover ham
  • 2 medium onions
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or broth
  • 1/2 cup pasta cooking water or more broth
  • 4 cups (21 oz/600g) peas
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • chili flakes to taste, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta al dente (it should have a bite to it) in a large pot, about 30-60 seconds shorter than the time on the package. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it back to the pot, put it back on the burner over low heat.
  • Add the broth and warm up. Add both types of grated cheese, in about 4 additions, and stir until the cheese is mostly melted. Set aside.
  • Dice the bacon and onions, finely chop garlic. Grate the cheese on the small holes of a block grater.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. When hot add the bacon. Cook for a couple of minutes until browned. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a plate.
  • Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the wine and cook for a couple of minutes or until reduced in half.
  • Add the pasta cooking water and peas. Cook for about a minute until warm (or for 2-3 minutes if peas are frozen).
  • Add the peas and bacon to the pot with pasta. Stir until evenly distributed.
  • Season the pasta with lemon juice, chili flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Serve with more grated parmesan and enjoy!

Notes

  • If using leftover ham, I also like to brown it in the pan to get more flavor.
  • White wine adds flavor and acidity to the dish, you could add broth instead if you don’t want to use it but you may need to add a little bit more lemon juice.
  • If you’d like your bacon to stay very crispy or you’ve used thinly sliced bacon, you can reserve it and sprinkle it on top of your pasta when ready to serve.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/7 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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