Finishing your peas and carrots is exponentially more exciting when bacon is involved. In fact, almost every dish is more exciting when bacon comes to play, so feel free to swap your family's favorite veggies into this versatile pasta.
8 ounces uncooked mini farfalle (bow tie pasta)
3 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
1/2 cup prechopped onion
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 cup frozen green peas
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
Est. added sugars 0g
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; set aside.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
Add onion and carrot to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes. Add stock; bring to a boil. Add peas; cook 2 minutes.
Remove pan from heat; stir in reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid, bacon, thyme, salt, pepper, and cream cheese. Add pasta to pan; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
What everyone else said was true, the sauce was REALLY watery and needed simmering. I easily doubled the recipe for my family of five, but added all 8oz. of the cream cheese to make the sauce thicker. I don't know what people are talking about that this recipe was quick and easy. I stood at the stove stirring and simmering for a half hour to make sure the sauce didn't burn. It took me an hour to cook this recipe. I was definitely getting frustrated with the sauce. In the end, my husband loved it and my picky eaters (ages 6, 3, and 1) didn't give me too much of a hard time about eating it. I'd make this again for my husband, but not for my kids...maybe when they are older.
this was a hit with my family. It was simple and quick . My kids like the shape of the pasta and the taste was good. I doubled the recipe to fit the size of my family. I made sure to cooked the pasta al dente so that it would absorb some of the liquid, helping it thicken. Definitely a keeper. I'm always on the lookout for good weeknight meals.
Quick, easy, and pretty darn good. Even hubby who can't abide cooked carrots liked it. My teen loved it and has already asked me to make it again. Wouldn't serve it for guests but it is a low-cost, family-friendly meal that I'll definitely make again.
Spiral ham leftovers chopped and sautéed with two pieces of bacon made for a quick and tasty pasta dish. I finished with grated Romano cheese to add little more taste. For my non-dairy daughter, I mixed half of the pasta mix with non-dairy cream cheese and the recipe didn't suffer at all.
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