Pasta with Bacon & Peas


by Rebecca Jul 15th, 2010 // Dinner, Healthy, Recipes

Pasta with Bacon & Peas

This is one of my new favorite dishes because it is a) easy to make b) tasty and c) rather healthy (especially if made with whole wheat pasta). I came up with the idea after another little session with my new cookbook Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals. Jaime’s quick tomato sauce is the base of the recipe, the rest is all improvisation by my kid and me. Isn’t that what cooking is all about?

We chose to make this with bacon and peas because my kid loves turkey bacon and really enjoys popping peas into his mouth. He also thinks its super cool that we don’t have to cook the peas – instead we just drain the pasta over the frozen peas and they come out perfect every time. He really liked this meal and so did my husband who was provided with an alternate version which had veggie bacon pieces instead of turkey. Now for the recipe…

Pasta with Bacon & Peas Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 20 mins

2 cloves of garlic
bunch of fresh basil (or basil cubes)
salt & fresh ground pepper
5 slices turkey bacon
2 cups peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
Grated Parmesan cheese
basil for garnish
1/2 pound of pasta (your choice!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the strips of turkey bacon on a greased cookie sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until done. When done, chop bacon into quarter inch bits. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente (around 8 minutes). Meanwhile peel and finely slice the garlic. Finely chop the basil or pop out 2 frozen basil cubes. In a large saucepan heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic. Then add the basil. Cook for another few moments and add the canned tomatoes. Turn the heat up to high and add salt and pepper. Place frozen peas in a colander and drain the pasta right over the peas. Transfer pasta and peas to the pan of sauce and the bacon bits and stir well. Garnish with basil and serve with grated parmesan.

Pasta with Bacon & Peas

Pasta with Bacon & Peas.

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11 Comments on “Pasta with Bacon & Peas”

  1. 1.) kanepi
    July 16th, 2010

    how do you make basil cubes??

  2. 2.) CookingWithMyKid
    July 16th, 2010

    Trader Joe's sells chopped basil in frozen cubes. It's perfect for popping into the pan and cooking. If you don't have a Trader Joe's near you fresh basil will work just fine.

  3. 3.) Alison
    July 16th, 2010

    What kind of pasta did you use ? It looks almost like udon.

  4. 4.) CookingWithMyKid
    July 16th, 2010

    It's Italian Pasta by a company called Rustichella D'abruzzo. It's a specialty shape that only they make called Pasta al Ceppo. I bought the Pasta at a specialty store because it looked so good to me!

  5. 5.) Cari
    July 16th, 2010

    Loooks so delicious and kid friendly! I would love to feature this recipe on my site <a href="” target=”_blank”> with full credits and links back to your site if you are keen! Please let me know!

  6. 6.) jacquelinelegan
    July 17th, 2010

    i can't wait to make this!!!

  7. 7.) Cathy
    July 22nd, 2010

    I'm a firm believer that bacon makes everything taste better- even peas.

  8. 8.) Wendy
    July 23rd, 2010

    Yummy! I think my kids would love this.

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  10. 10.) AmandaW
    November 28th, 2010

    Do you drain the tomatoes first?

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