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Have you all heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? I’m sure you have, but it basically says that you can find a way to link any actor or actress back to Kevin Bacon in six steps or less. Well, just about every time I make a recipe from another food blogger, this game comes to my mind. And I think it’s mostly because when a recipe is good, the food blogging community is going to get a hold of it and pass it right around. There are some recipes that I have seen on multiple blogs. So whenever I see that a food blogger has made a dish from another food blogger, I know it’s going to be good. Like this pasta dish. I got it from a food blogger who got it from a food blogger who got it from a food blogger. Now wouldn’t it be fun if another food blogger made this and posted it – pretty soon this simple peas and carrots dish will take over the food blogging world!

I can see why it’s been so popular. First, they are all ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand. In fact, this dish was on my weekly menu for 3 weeks until I finally got to it. Not because I didn’t want to make it, but because the ingredients could all wait, while I had other recipes that I had to make before other ingredients went bad. Second, this is a very budget friendly meal. Pasta – cheap. Carrots – cheap. Frozen peas – cheap. The only ingredients that aren’t super cheap are the cream and cheese, but there is so little of it that they both also become cheap. And third – this is just plain delicious! Roasting any veggie takes it to a whole new level, and I love the sauce made from roasted, pureed carrots.

This one will definitely make it’s way back to our table!

Peas and Carrots Pasta
from A Good Appetite (who got it from The Cooking Photographer who got it from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice)

serves 2

total time: about 1 hour 20 minutes

8 oz carrots (about 3), peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 T fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 T olive oil
salt & pepper
6 oz pasta
1/3 c heavy cream
3 T grated Parmesan
1/8 – 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 c frozen peas, thawed

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Place the carrots, garlic & thyme in a small roasting pan. Drizzle with the olive oil & stir to coat. Season with salt & pepper then stir again. Roast in the oven for 45 – 50 minutes brown & caramelized.

Cook pasta according to directions.

While the pasta is cooking, put the roasted carrots & garlic into a food processor or blender. Add the cream, parmesan & red pepper. Blend until smooth.

When the pasta is cooked set aside 1/3 – 1/2 cup off the cooking water. Drain the pasta & return to the hot pan. Stir in the blended carrot sauce and the peas. Add some of the reserved cooking water if the sauce is too thick. Serve with more grated Parmesan.

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12 Responses to Peas and Carrots Pasta

  1. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I love adding veggies to stuff! This looks highly tasty!

  2. Pam says:

    Deborah, this really sounds great! My husband loves carrots so I must give this a try! Thanks!

  3. Barbara says:

    I saw Giada make something like this recently and though it would be such a great idea to get kids to eat their veggies! (And grown-ups too!)
    I like the addition of thyme, an herb I really like and don't use often enough.

  4. kat says:

    I love that about food blogging, there is a recipe for Chinese Short Ribs that has gone around like that too

  5. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    I bet this is a great way to get the little ones to eat their vegetables! Sounds and looks very yummy!

  6. Monet says:

    We have a whole bag of carrots just begging to be used. Thanks for this great recipe!
    http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com

  7. Joanne says:

    I kind of love the idea of playing six degrees of separation with food blogging. I feel like we all run in such close-knit circles! I love this pasta dish…healthy, creamy and delicious!

  8. Susi says:

    I make a peas and carrots vegetable dish that I grew up with and this sounds almost like it. I like the addition of the pasta and the Parmesan which sounds great!

  9. grace says:

    six degrees of food bloggers–i like it. i don't think i'd seen this dish until now but it does look mighty appealing! i love peas in pasta.

  10. brannyboilsover.com says:

    Just made this for dinner and we loved it!

  11. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo yum I love that the roasted carrots are pureed into a sauce!

  12. I tried this tonight! I am completely amateur so I think I did not puree the carrots enough. It was more chunky than saucy! Next time I need to follow your instructions better! I have a picture on my site if you have any suggestions for me :)

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