Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

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.


How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; set aside.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.

Step 3

Add onion and carrot to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes. Add stock; bring to a boil. Add peas; cook 2 minutes.

Step 4

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Good for adults, but not little ones

August 18, 2017
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. 

Bacan & Peas Combination is Superb

April 06, 2016
Becan & Peas in addition to this pasta are all perfect combination. Tastes good...

Flavor good but needs thickening

April 13, 2016
This has a nice flavor but the sauce was too thin.

Family friendly and tasty

April 23, 2016
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. 

Easy and delicious

May 18, 2016
Keep the mixture over low heat for a few minutes to help thicken it up after adding the cream cheese.

Very good, family friendly!

November 08, 2016
So glad this came up on my meal plan for the Cooking Light Diet!  This was a very good recipe and all 6 of us liked it.  My younger kids even took leftovers to school for lunch!  Quick and easy!

3 1/2 stars

November 23, 2016
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.

Easy & yummy!

December 02, 2016
Mine didn't turn out quite as pretty as the picture but was still delicious!


December 08, 2016
Easy and quick but not big on flavor and the sauce is too thin so i simmered it a little.

Easy use for leftovers

January 03, 2017
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.