Pasta with peas and bacon is an easy and delicious one-pot pasta dinner recipe and a great way to use that bag of peas in your freezer. We make ours with healthy yogurt, lots of peas, a squeeze of lemon, and just enough bacon so this recipe feels like a treat.

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Why we love pasta with peas and bacon

  • It's a creamy, cozy pasta dinner that we never tire of eating. It's like getting a hug from your dinner.
  • Similar to alfredo only this recipe is much healthier.
  • We make it with kitchen-staple ingredients so we can count on a tasty meal without a trip to the grocery store. If you keep some bacon and peas in your freezer and some yogurt in your fridge, you can make this.
  • Ready in 30 minutes. Put down the phone, this recipe is faster than delivery!
  • Using yogurt to make the pasta creamy lightens it up without sacrificing flavor.
  • Lots of tasty peas.
  • And a little lemon juice at the end to brighten things up.

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Pasta with peas and bacon FAQs

What kind of pasta should I use?

While any type of pasta will work with this recipe, we prefer to use pasta shapes that can help scoop the peas and bacon. In the pictures, we've used cavatappi. Shells, orecchiette, bow-tie, or macaroni all work great. Another option is to use a small pasta shape like orzo so that it's easy to scoop the pasta and peas together.

Does this pasta keep well?

The pasta will go a little soft when it's reheated, but it is still delicious. We love having leftovers for lunch the next day!

Can I make this vegetarian?

Sure! Simply omit the bacon. For a little crunch, you can some sliced almonds at the end.

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Pasta with Peas and Bacon

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Pasta with peas and bacon is an easy and delicious pasta dinner recipe and a great way to use that bag of peas in your freezer. We make ours with healthy yogurt, lots of peas, a squeeze of lemon, and just enough bacon so this recipe feels like a treat.


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Ingredients

  • 4 strips of bacon, sliced ½ inch thick
  • ½ medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ¼ cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • A pinch of chili flakes
  • 8 ounces dried pasta (any kind will work. see blog post for ideas!)
  • 2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (can sub sour cream)
  • Zest and juice from ½ lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 


Instructions

  1. Heat a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pot. If there are more than 2 tablespoons of oil in the pot, remove the extra. If there is less, add a little olive oil.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook until they are soft and begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock, thyme, and chili flakes to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the pasta, stir, then cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring the pasta twice while it cooks.
  4. After 10 minutes there should still be a little liquid left in the bottom of the pot. Add the peas and stir. Add the yogurt, lemon zest, and lemon juice and stir one more time. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 


Notes

Serve with Kale Apple Salad or Roasted Greens Salad

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