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Creamy Bowties with Bacon, Onion and Peas

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?

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!