Bacon, Mushroom Pasta with Peas

pasta final in bowl

I sometimes feel like if a recipe starts out with the ingredients bacon or pasta I am definitely going to at least give it a second look. If it includes both you can pretty much consider it done.

This recipe has salty bacon, earthy mushrooms and sweet peas AND it has a simple sauce made of broth that doesn’t disappoint.

bacon and scallions

You start out by sauteing bacon and scallions.

pasta middle

Then you add the peas and mushrooms and simmer it all in chicken broth.

pasta final in pot

Then you toss it all with pasta.

pasta box

Have you guys tried this pasta? It is my favorite brand. I am not sure it is as good for you as plain whole wheat but it is heartier than the regular pasta.

pasta bite

You really get all the great ingredients in the pasta with every bite.

pasta with chick

If you prefer something heavier you could always add grilled chicken too.

pasta with chick and parm

Top  it all with fresh Parmesan!

BACON MUSHROOM PASTA WITH PEAS

Adapted from Everyday Food 

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 cup chopped scallions

2 cups sliced mixed mushrooms (such as shiitake, oyster, cremini, portabello and button)

2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups frozen baby peas

1 tablespoon butter

1 pound of small pasta, i used shells

sea salt

freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Instructions and Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and scallions and saute until bacon starts to crisp and scallions are wilted, 4-5 minutes. Add mushrooms and lightly sprinkle with salt. Continue cooking until mushrooms have lost most of their moisture or around 5-7 minutes.

Add peas, butter and broth  and season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer about 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.  Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water stirring occasionally until al dente. Drain pasta. Add pasta to the skillet with the sauce and toss to coat. Remove from heat and add cheese. Toss again.

Top with grilled chicken if desired.

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