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Fresh Angel-Hair Pasta with Bacon and Peas

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Inspired by pasta alla carbonara, this dish features bacon instead of pancetta, while shallots and peas give the sauce texture.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, March 2008

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 box (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 18 ounces fresh angel-hair pasta

Directions

  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 paper-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.

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  • 1790denise
    5 FEB, 2012
    My whole family, including my 9 year old, loved this dish! I added garlic for some added flavor. I was delicioius and we will make it again!
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  • annadanielle
    25 JAN, 2011
    Very good and very easy. Instead of half-and-half I used some milk thickened with flour and it came it great. Good quick and easy dinner!
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  • AmandaJ_77
    12 OCT, 2010
    This recipe is so easy and really delicious. I love pasta carbonara but the raw eggs in the sauce always worry me. This recipe is egg free and tastes great!
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  • laur_n
    16 MAR, 2009
    this recipe is great! super easy and VERY delicious! it makes really good leftovers; it will feed my husband and me for about a week.
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  • laur_n
    16 MAR, 2009
    this recipe is great! super easy and VERY delicious! it makes really good leftovers; it will feed my husband and me for about a week.
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  • zbelly_32
    10 MAR, 2009
    I just bade this last night! I added some mushrooms, garlic and a splash of cooking wine. Very good.
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  • Tryingsomethingnew
    14 FEB, 2009
    Excellent, fast, and easy. Great on a weekday.
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  • sushislut
    25 APR, 2008
    How can something so simple be so good? It's a perfect weekday meal. The kids even ate the peas! I did use pancetta instead of bacon, because I had it. But I sent this recipe to all my friends. It's a keeper!
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  • TexasNantz
    15 APR, 2008
    This was incredible. My kids inhaled it! I have never cared for dry angel hair pasta, but the fresh angel hair pasta was excellent. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe. It was so quick and easy!
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  • karenburan
    8 APR, 2008
    This was definitely easy to make, and delicious. The next time I make it, I am going to use a half a box to three-quarters of a box of pasta, and break them in half before cooking. I felt there was too much pasta, which made it seem dry. Also, when the pasta was long, it was hard to mix. Also, I might add more bacon. I will definitely make it again. My two small kids (ages 1
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