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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Bacon, Pea, and Fresh Herb Pasta

Bacon does double-duty in this dish: Toss cooked bacon with the pasta, then cook the ingredients in bacon fat instead of oil for extra-savory flavor.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 20 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Johnny Miller

Ingredients

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound short pasta, such as cavatappi
  • 1 1/2 cups peas, fresh or frozen
  • 4 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh chives
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. If using fresh peas, add 2 minutes before pasta is done cooking; if using frozen, add just before draining. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from skillet.

  3. Step 3

    Increase heat to medium-high; add pasta, goat cheese, and 3/4 cup reserved pasta water and stir until goat cheese melts. (Add remaining pasta water, if necessary.)

  4. Step 4

    Stir in bacon, parsley, dill, chives, and lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper.

Source
Everyday Food, March 2013

Reviews (2)

  • 27 May, 2013

    This was lovely, but I did make quite a few changes...I always view a recipe as a starting point..that's the fun! After frying the bacon I added 2 minced shallots and 2 minced cloves of garlic, deglazing with some white wine. Then, instead of pasta water, added chicken stock, then the goat cheese to make a sauce, before adding the pasta and the rest of the ingredients. I loved it and will make it again. I also omitted the parsley..never see the point of it as it has no flavour.

  • 25 May, 2013

    This is delicious! Relatively easy and quick. I omitted the dill and added a little extra bacon and peas. Loved the result!