Peas and Pasta Presto

Fun-shaped noodles are a big hit with kids as well as adults, and for supper in a flash, this pasta dish fills the bill. Though fresh is always best for peak flavor, use pregrated Parmesan for faster results.
4 adult servings


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1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, plus a little extra for garnish
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Half a 1-pound box of rotini, rotelle, or fusilli
7 slices of crisp bacon
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (8-ounce) can baby peas
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. While waiting for water to boil, grate cheese and chop onion. Drop in pasta when water reaches a rapid boil.

2. While pasta cooks (about 10 minutes), prepare bacon on top of stove or in the broiler. While bacon is cooking, warm olive oil in a small heated skillet. Cook onion until soft and translucent.

3. Drain hot pasta and pour into serving bowl. Stir in cheese, onion, basil, and peas. Crumble in 6 strips of bacon and mix gently; reserve 1 strip for garnish. Add salt and pepper as desired. Top with extra Parmesan and last strip of crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.

Variation: Use soy bacon for less fat.

Note: Parmesan cheese and bacon tend to be salty, so you may not need much salt to season this dish.

Created date

October 2003