Creamy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Creamy, cheesy, and made with two types of peas plus bacon, this creamy bacon and pea pasta is a simple weeknight meal that’s super fast to make and everyone will enjoy!

It’s a fun one when you’re craving pasta but want something quick and easy and that has a few sneaky veggies inside!

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Creamy Pea and Bacon Pasta

Our garden has been severely ravaged by wandering chickens. The little buggers ignored it for weeks and then one day just discovered that it existed. I walked outside to find all of my beet tops, spinach, and lettuce eaten to the ground and some serious pecking to the cabbage and pea plants.

Ever since, I’ve been leaving the birds in their coop unless I’m outside to chase them out of the garden. The kids have been pretty sad about not having the chickens out, and my oldest asked me the other day when they will “be out of timeout.” I decided their timeout will end when the peas are done producing. I just love garden peas and can’t sacrifice them to the chickens. They can have their run over the garden after I can eat some peas.

Fresh peas are nothing like you’ve ever eaten. They are sweet as peaches and just as soft. They are so delicious. I rarely have enough peas to cook with because we eat them raw, straight off the vine. In my future garden life, I hope to plant lots and lots of peas. Here is a fantastic recipe using both round green peas and snow peas. I loved how well this recipe came together. The rich and cheesy cream sauce, sweet pop of peas, with pieces of crunchy, salty bacon dripping over hot pasta is the kind of thing foodie-dreams are made of. This was so very good. Please make it. Tonight. Pasta with peas and bacon was just meant to be.

round white bowl of bacon and pea pasta with fork and sugar snap peas

What kind of peas are in this pasta?

This pasta is made with freshly shelled green peas and roughly chopped snow peas. If you can’t find fresh green peas, you can use frozen. If you can’t find snow peas, just double the green peas.

How do you cook bacon for pasta?

Chop up the raw bacon with a sharp knife into small pieces, about 1/4 to 1/2-inch in size. Add the bacon to a skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until it’s crispy and darker brown in color, but not black. Remove the bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess grease.

What kind of pasta do you use?

You can use any pasta you like for this dish! We had great luck using fettuccine noodles — it always goes great with a creamy sauce (similar to fettuccine Alfredo).

How can you tell pasta is done cooking?

You cook most past for about 8 to 12 minutes, but consult the instructions on your pasta package. You can test the pasta for doneness by tasting it — it shouldn’t be hard, but it shouldn’t be so soft it’s mushy either.

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How to make creamy pasta with peas and bacon:

  1. Chop the raw bacon and add to a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until crispy.
  2. Move the bacon to a plate. Leave bacon drippings in pan.
  3. Add onion and garlic to bacon grease and cook over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk in cream cheese, cream, and cheeses.
  5. Add chopped snow peas, green peas, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Serve the hot cream mixture on top of hot cooked noodles.
  7. Sprinkle some of the cooked bacon on top of each serving and salt and pepper to taste.

 

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Creamy Bacon and Pea Pasta


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x

Description

Creamy, cheesy, and made with two types of peas plus bacon, this creamy bacon and pea pasta is a simple weeknight meal that’s super fast to make and everyone will enjoy!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • 1 cup roughly chopped snow peas
  • 1 cup freshly shelled green peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked according to directions
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the raw bacon on a cutting board with a sharp knife. After the bacon is chopped, add it to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until crispy.
  2. Move the bacon with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate. Leave the bacon drippings in the pan.
  3. Add the onion and garlic to the bacon grease and cook over medium heat until soft, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the cream cheese, cream, and cheeses, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add the chopped snow peas, green peas, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture reach a simmer and then let it cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve the hot cream mixture on top of hot cooked noodles.
  7. Sprinkle some of the cooked bacon on top of each serving and salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • You can use frozen peas in place of the fresh green peas, no need to thaw.
  • When cooking the final mixture, be sure to let it gently simmer, not boil. The cream cheese could curdle if you cook it too high.
  • If you don’t have any snow peas, you could double the normal peas, but if you can, try to get them. They have a different crunch and sweetness then the other type of pea and the combo of the two peas was really good.
  • Double the parmesan if you don’t have any Romano on hand.
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 758.7 Fat: 32.1g Cholesterol: 93.6mg Sodium: 1,362.9mg Carbohydrates: 86.1g Sugars: 8.8g Protein: 31.6g Vitamin A: 266.7µg Vitamin C: 7mg

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Creamy, cheesy, and made with two types of peas plus bacon, this creamy bacon and pea pasta is a simple weeknight meal that's super fast to make and everyone will enjoy! It's a fun one when you're craving pasta but want something quick and easy and that has a few sneaky veggies inside! #pasta #easypasta #homemadepasta #freshpasta #pastawithbacon #creamypasta

 

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This post was originally published in 2012, and has been updated and rephotographed in February 2020.

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Katy

Sorry about your peas! The heat is about to get mine. So sad. We had a wonderful crop of sugar snap peas this year.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.