I have a Pork Tenderloin I am dying to make. Every night, I think, "tonight's the night"! Unfortunately, it happened again last night. :( (But, really tonight I am making the pork, I don't care if I have to eat it all by myself!) So, I decided to make a pasta dish that had come in an email to me from Everyday Food. It was very good, very easy and fast. I believe I had dinner on the table within 20 minutes. I made a few changes to amp up the flavor and I think next time I will add a little more onion or shallots. But, otherwise, it was a great way to have dinner on the table in just a few minutes and it was "not the usual" pasta and red sauce. Along side a salad and if you are feeling very decadent, some bread, it is a hearty, delicious meal.
Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon and Peas (adapted from Everyday Food) serves 4-5
4 slices thick cut bacon sliced into 1/2" pieces
2 -3 shallots halved and sliced very thin
1 box frozen peas, thawed
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 pound fresh angel hair pasta
salt and pepper
Fill large pot with salted water and heat to boil for pasta. In the meantime, heat skillet and saute bacon pieces until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon(leave fat in pan). Place shallots in pan and cook until soft 2-3 minutes. Add half and half, peas and salt and pepper to taste and cook for a few minutes until sauce starts to thicken. Cook pasta and reserve 1/2 cup liquid before draining. After draining, put pasta back in pot and add sauce, adding some of remaining liquid if needed( I only used a little). Add parm cheese and bacon on top. Mix lightly and serve with additional parm cheese on side, if desired.