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Creamy Italian Bacon and Pea Pasta

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November 30, 2014 / Italian / By
Nicola

It's impossible to discuss Italian food without talking about pasta. Nobody makes pasta quite like the Italians - when it's cooked al dente and tossed with fresh, rich sauces, it is simply divine.

I love anything pasta-related, especially if it's quick and easy to make. During summer when all you want is a small, light, fresh meal, I turn to a simple pasta recipe which would be right at home in the Italian sun. It can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, which is brilliant as it means no slaving over a hot stove for hours on end. As if that wasn't enough, the ingredients are all cheap to buy, and the whole family will enjoy it!

'Pasta with Bacon and Peas' by thebittenword.com, via Flickr

 

Ingredients (to serve 4):

200g dried pasta shapes - fusilli, lumaci or penne all work really well

1 onion

8-12 slices of bacon - if you fancy a slightly fancier, more expensive version, use diced pancetta

50g mascarpone cheese

50g frozen peas

A drizzle of oil

Grated cheddar cheese

Begin by boiling a large pan of water - when it's bubbling away, add the dried pasta shapes. You should leave them to cook for around 11 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. Dice the onion and slice the bacon into small chunks. Fry the onion in the oil until it has just begun to soften, then add the bacon. Continue to fry these two ingredients alone, until the bacon begins to crisp up.

At this point, throw in the peas and the mascarpone cheese for the final few minutes of cooking. Stir the pan so that everything is coated well, instead of having the mascarpone in one solid lump.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce - never the other way round! Stir it until the sauce is spread evenly through the pasta, then serve it with the grated cheese sprinkled on top.

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