Creamy Bowties with Bacon, Onion and Peas

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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This little pasta dish was so darn easy to make that I’m almost embarrassed to tell you about it.  Seriously.  It took hardly any time, much less skill, at all.  But then I realized that it is precisely because of the dish’s simplicity that I had to share it with you.   Because if your life is anything like my crazy, hectic one,  a simple, mindless pasta recipe in the middle of the week might be just the thing you need to keep you from diving off the deep end and into that big bowl of leftover Halloween candy still sitting on your dining room table.  Go on, admit it.   I know you’ve been sneaking those little fun size Snickers bars.  But, don’t worry.  I won’t tell, because I’ve been sneaking them too.  And the M & Ms.  And the Milk Duds.  And the…..well, you get the picture.  The point is, that even though this pasta dish contains no chocolate, it’s comforting, satisfying and very tasty.  Did I mention that it has bacon in it too?

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I threw this dish together one night last week after I realized that I had forgotten to stop at the market on my way home.  Since I was already all cozy in my pj’s at the time, and would have preferred sticking bamboo skewers under my fingernails than go out again,  I raided my pantry and fridge and decided to make do with whatever I had.  Every single ingredient was already lurking in one place or the other.  I kind of just put it all together as I went along.

The sauce for this dish can be prepared while the pasta is cooking.  For the mathematically challenged, that translates into about ten minutes.  How’s that for quick?  Of course, you can use any kind of pasta and combination of sauce ingredients you like.  If I hadn’t had the bacon or frozen peas, I could have just as easily used something else like ham or broccoli.  If you’d rather have a lighter sauce, leave out the cream.   That’s the beauty of flying by the seat of your pants.  You can do whatever you want.  There are no rules to break!

So fly, my little sparrows.  FLY!

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Enjoy!

17 responses to Creamy Bowties with Bacon, Onion and Peas

  1. On November 04, 2010 at 12:12pm, Tracy Moulton said...

    This dish sounds great. I may change it up with broccoli and proscuitto instead! . . .And yes, my hand has been slipping into “that big bowl of leftover Halloween candy still sitting on my dining room table. ” LOL Just love the way you write! :)

  2. On November 04, 2010 at 12:19pm, Rosag said...

    I’ve always loved bowties! That dish is just so delicious and comforting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. On November 04, 2010 at 12:42pm, Marie said...

    I love mindless pasta dishes like this, so much so that I want it fo dinner tonight, and if I could have your pumpkin flan for dessert, I’d be in heaven!

  4. On November 04, 2010 at 1:38pm, Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

    Pancetta, peas, and onions is favorite of mine just as a side dish — love adding pasta too! Yum!

  5. On November 04, 2010 at 1:38pm, Joanne said...

    How did you know that I always happen to have a half finished bag of frozen peas in my freezer? And a few links of sausage? I think I’ll fly by the seat of my pants into these recipes…tonight.

  6. On November 04, 2010 at 3:15pm, Phyllis Kirigin said...

    Wow! another great and very accessible recipe! Could anything be bad with bacon? And cream? Love it.

    sweetpaprika.wordpress.com

  7. On November 04, 2010 at 3:35pm, Paul Jennette said...

    Always a favorite in my house, its a classic! Love you photos. this one is perfect for fall.

  8. On November 04, 2010 at 4:10pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    That is the cool thing about pasta. You don’t need much effort to make a satisfying meal out of it. Everything is good with bacon (although I would need a non-pea vegetable).

  9. On November 04, 2010 at 9:31pm, patsy said...

    I need recipes like this! Life is so busy, that a dish like this that can come together so quickly and is total comfort food will make my whole family happy!

  10. On November 05, 2010 at 7:21am, joanne at frutto della passione said...

    You had me at bacon ;)
    Love those dishes by the way!

  11. On November 05, 2010 at 9:55am, Karen@Mignardise said...

    This is our favorite kind of dinner – I make something similar about once a week. I sometimes use evaporated skim milk instead of heavy cream. It has a similar consistency and way less fat.
    Leaving you more room in your tummy for Junior Mints and Reeses Cups.

  12. On November 05, 2010 at 10:32am, Ronda said...

    This looks simple, but so AMAZING!!!!
    XO

  13. On November 06, 2010 at 12:33pm, Jerzee Tomato said...

    I do this but with low fat sour cream approx 2/3 cup and it is really creamy.

  14. On November 07, 2010 at 7:03am, Courtney said...

    This looks so delicious, and satisfying. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. On November 08, 2010 at 3:07pm, Deborah said...

    These are my favorite kinds of recipes – super easy with ingredients that I usually have on hand. Sounds delicious!

  16. On November 13, 2010 at 10:19am, The Food Hunter said...

    Dinner this week for sure. Thanks

  17. On December 17, 2012 at 6:08pm, ykelly said...

    I just made this!! it’s delicious!! I wish I could upload a picture!

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