From Solo Lisa's Kitchen: Pasta With Bacon And Peas

Thanks to everyone for their kind and supportive comments on the last post! I feel a lot better, and even though work is going to be psychotic for the next few weeks, I think I'm in better shape to face it. I'm going to take it easy with blogging for the next few weeks so I can focus better in the office.

This also means a break from my "cook once a week" resolution, so this will be the last recipe for a while. Weeks ago, I made pasta with bacon and peas based on a recipe in a back issue of Everyday Food magazine--sort of a modified pasta alla carbonara. The pasta turned out light and tasty and was very quick and easy to make.

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 18 ounces fresh angel hair pasta [I used boxed spaghettini]
  1. 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 papert towel-lined plate to drain (leave fat in skillet).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

I made enough pasta for 2 days of lunches and made baked salmon and zucchini for 2 other days. I also cut up kiwis and watermelon for a simple fruit salad.


  1. OMG I'm so hungry now. And it's after midnight!

  2. Those look SO DAMN GOOD! Well done!

  3. Oooh, that looks so yummy! Gotta try that. Love the way you cut up watermelon and kiwi – what a great dessert! Thanks for sharing!

  4. this looks delicious!! I get everyday food too & i've had good luck with the recipes; they make me feel like I actually know what im doing!!

  5. this looks delicious!! I get everyday food too & i've had good luck with the recipes; they make me feel like I actually know what im doing!!

  6. Umm.. YUM!!!!

    I am so trying this for lunch next week. This week has been BBQ chicken and mashed potatoes.. but I've been craving for pasta lately.

  7. you are on a roll chef. that fruit looks good.

  8. Sounds delicious, looks delicious... I'm so in, definitely going to try this one out.

    Ripped Nylon

  9. omg lisa, the food looks so delicious..
    i want to taste those food..

  10. I could eat a HUGE bowl of that right now. It look amazing!

  11. Holy crap that all looks so good!!

  12. So you leave the "fat (oil from bacon)" as your oil to make the sauce o_O

  13. Jane, indeed you do. It gives the sauce a smoky flavour, and when you consider the ratio of sauce to pasta it's not that much fat.

  14. i'm normally not so into peas, but pasta with peas and bacon is a great combination


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