Garden peas are tossed with bacon and lemon juice in this vibrant and tasty Bacon and Peas Pasta. The tube shape and ridges of penne help catch and hide the peas from picky kids! Quick and easy, and cooks in one pan. Share as a side or main dish. The pictured Bacon and Peas Pasta was made with organic, gluten-free pasta with only 2 ingredients—organic quinoa flour and organic corn flour.
🕔 Ready in about 30 minutes
🌿 6 ingredients
🍴 Serves about 6
10 ounces pasta
10 ounces (about 2 cups) frozen peas
6 slices bacon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan and/or Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup lemon juice
In a large all-purpose pan, COOK pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, CHOP the bacon slices and set aside. ADD peas 1 minute before pasta is done. Drain and set aside.
In the same pan, COOK bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp. Set bacon aside and leave 3 tablespoons of bacon oil in the pan.
REDUCE heat to low, ADD pasta and peas, garlic, cheese and lemon juice, and COOK until heated through, about 1 minute. Turn heat off, STIR in bacon to combine.
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Tips: These are helpful tips we use in our kitchen for getting the most out of cooking. Always READ the recipe thoroughly prior to cooking or baking. Contact us for any questions or inquiries. We’d be happy to help!
DO cut up 2 to 4 bacon slices at a time with kitchen shears (instead of chopping them with a knife). This method really works well for us.
DO use the same plate or bowl the bacon was cut in to transfer the cooked bacon for less dirty dishes.
We DON’T use added oil when cooking bacon, which in turn DON’T require lining the plate or bowl with paper towel.
We always keep a container of higher quality Parmesan and Pecorino Romano grated cheese mixture in our refrigerator. We buy a bag of each, and mix and store them in a tightly covered container. We playfully call it “stinky cheese”. With the exception of burgers and sandwiches, we use stinky cheese for almost every recipe that calls for cheese like this make-ahead Veggie Bake and kid-friendly Bacon and Peas Pasta.
When a recipe calls for lemon juice, DO prepare and squeeze the lemon into a small bowl or measuring cup ahead of cooking or during idle time in the kitchen.
We use organic, gluten-free pasta with only 2 ingredients—organic quinoa flour and organic corn flour—for all our pasta recipes. We don’t have a gluten sensitivity in our household, but we only buy this pasta because it’s lighter for the belly and better for our health.
We DON’T add oil or salt to the pasta water, because we found that simply giving them a good stir shortly after submerging them in the boiling water will keep them from sticking.
DO use generous amount of water when cooking pasta to keep them from sticking.
We DON’T rinse the pasta when it’s done. Instead, we DO set aside some pasta water before draining them in a colander. We add pasta water to the dish if the pasta seem dry.