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Creamy Pea & Bacon Rigatoni

Written by Stephanie Kay
  • 25 mins
  • 2

Ready in less than 20 minutes, this quick and easy pasta recipe is a delicious combination of sweet, salty and savoury flavours.

See more from Stephanie Kay at www.kaynutrition.com

Ingredients

  • 170 grams rigatoni, dry
  • four slices bacon, thinly sliced
  • one clove garlic, minced
  • one cup frozen peas, thawed
  • half cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • two tbsp butter
  • two tbsp heavy cream
  • one handful fresh mint, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add rigatoni and cook according to package directions. Once cooked, strain, reserving a 1/2 cup of the cooking water, and set aside.
  2. In a large pan on medium-high heat, add the sliced bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and crisp. Once cooked, remove bacon from the pan, transfer to a plate with paper towel, and set aside.
  3. In the same pan on low heat, leaving the remaining bacon fat, add minced garlic and cook for1-2 minutes until tender. Add peas, toss to combine with the garlic, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Once the rigatoni is cooked and strained, return to the pot, add butter, bacon, garlic and pea mixture, and stir to combine.
  5. Add heavy cream and parmesan cheese and stir until well incorporated. Add a splash of pasta water to loosen the mixture as needed until a smooth texture is reached.
  6. Add mint, stir to combine again and season with additional salt, pepper and parmesan cheese to taste.  

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