Papparadelle + Peas + Bacon
By: Easy Peasy Mommy
I am obsessed with this recipe for so many reasons, but most importantly, my daughter loves it! I mean, what’s not to love. Bacon! Peas! Pasta! Ricotta! Basil! Although pasta is typically a heavier meal, the absence of red sauce and the addition of some fresh ingredients, especially lemon zest, makes this one-dish meal feel a touch lighter, which is perfect for the summer!
Prep: 10 Cook: 15
$10 – $15
- 16 oz fresh papparadelle
- 12 cups water
- 1 TBS salt
- 16 oz bacon
- 1/2 cup diced white onion
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 2 TBS freshly chopped basil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- Fresh Ricotta to taste
- Fresh Lemon Zest to taste
Easier Peasier Recipe Tips:
- If you want to use dried pasta, for a four person serving, 12 oz works well. I would definitely try to get fresh if you can though. SUCH a difference.
- Papparadelle is typically used with heartier sauces since it is wider and can withstand the weight of a heavier sauce. With the weight of the peas, bacon, and oil, I find it to be the perfectly paired pasta, but please feel free to use what you have on hand or prefer. Spaghetti, fettuccini, farfalle, go ahead and get creative! As you can see, the picture above is fettucini!
- The amount of salt and water needed to cook the pasta may feel a bit shocking, but if you have a pot that can hold it all, I would recommend it. Abundant water helps your noodles breathe so that they don’t stick to each other and dilutes the starch when it is released so you don’t get a white gluey mess (bet you wondered why that has happened to you before. Lastly, abundant salt flavors the pasta (don’t worry your pasta won’t soak up all of the salt) and boiling is the only time that you can directly flavor the pasta.
Step by Step Instructions
Bring water and salt to boil.
Cut up the bacon into strips.
**Easy Peasy Tip – Kitchen shears work great for this.
In a skillet over high heat, cook bacon and onion until bacon is thoroughly cooked (but not yet crispy).
Drain bacon and onion mixture.
Add garlic and olive oil to bacon/onion mixture and set aside.
Cook pappardelle and peas together until pasta is al dente (roughly 10 min if you are using fresh pasta).
Drain pasta & peas.
**Easy Peasy Tip – This step can be done simultaneously as Step 3.
Immediately toss with bacon/onion/olive oil mixture.
Garnish with fresh ricotta, lemon zest, and basil to taste.
Done! Easy. Peasy!