You can’t beat a one pan dinner that is one the table in no time! This One Pan Pasta with Peas and Bacon is easy and flavorful and a pasta dinner that is sure to go on repeat in our house!
Are you all tired of my one pan dinners yet? Because I’m not going to lie – I’m not. I have a new one for you today, and I’m not going to promise that it’s the last one. Because chances are that it won’t be. 🙂
The way that life has been recently, I’m all about the easy way out. And I won’t sugar coat it – I’m not the cleanest cook in the kitchen. I try my hardest to clean as I go, but on a normal night, I’ll be serving dinner while the kitchen looks as if a tornado came through. The worst part about it is that after you go through the effort of making dinner, cleaning up is last thing you want to do.
I think that is the main reason I am in love with these one pan meals. Less dishes used equals less dishes to wash after dinner. And I’ll take that shortcut any night of the week!!
This One Pan Pasta with Bacon and Peas is everything that I envisioned it to be. Easy and creamy with the salty bite from the bacon and a bit of freshness from the peas. There is only 8 oz of bacon in the whole dish, but the secret is to use some of the bacon grease to cook the onions instead of using olive oil or another oil. That way, the bacon flavor goes through the whole dish. A bit of sour cream gives the whole dish a creamy finish.
This One Pan Pasta with Bacon and Peas is sure to go on repeat in our house – and I’m definitely happy about that!
- 8 oz bacon, diced
- ¾ cup diced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2½ cups chicken broth
- ½ cup milk
- 8 oz dry penne pasta
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ cup sour cream
- salt and pepper
- grated Parmesan, for serving
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease in the skillet.
- To the hot bacon grease, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Pour in the chicken broth and the milk, and bring to a boil. Once the liquid is boiling, add the dry pasta and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the skillet and allow the pasta to cook until al dente, about 15 minutes.
- Once the pasta is cooked, add the peas and continue to cook until they have defrosted. Stir in the sour cream and the reserved bacon. Taste and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately, topped with parmesan cheese.
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