Friday, July 21, 2006

Pasta with Bacon and Snow Peas



We had this for dinner a few nights ago - and it was definitely a "wow" dish that I'll gladly make again. It's easy, fast and made with readily available ingredients - except for perhaps the dried funnel chanterelles. I was given a huge supply by a dear friend a couple of years ago. It's finally dwindling, but it's lasted me really well. Dried chanterelles last - apparently - for a very long time without losing their flavor. Just a tiny bit makes a big difference with this sauce - but if you can't find any, just omit them.

Pasta with Bacon and Snow Peas
Serves 2

Enough pasta for two - use your favorite, and boil in lightly salted water
70 g bacon
1 small yellow onion
1 garlic clove
250 ml cream - I use a low fat "cooking cream"
50 ml (about 1/4 cup) parmesan
50 ml (about 1/4 cup) cheddar cheese
small handful of snow peas
olive oil
dried chili flakes
1 tsp dried funnel chanterelles
salt

Dice the bacon and onion, mince the garlic, and grate the cheeses. Slice the snow peas lenghtwise.

Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan, and fry onion and garlic for a minute. Add the bacon and fry until it gets crispy - but without burning the onion, be careful. Add a bit of dried chili flakes, and stir well. When the pasta is nearly finished, add the cream to the pan and let it boil for a few minutes. Add the cheese, crumble in the dried funnel chanterelles and add the snow peas. Add the pasta and perhaps a spoonful of pasta water if you feel that the sauce could use it. Season with salt - I have a mixture of sea salt and dried mushrooms that was just perfect for this dish.

Pasta med bacon och sockerärter

3 comments:

Pamela said...

I really like the sound and look of this dish, definately will be adding it to the - must try - list!

Kitchen Queen said...

That sounds really good!

Emma Jakku said...

I made this for dinner last night when I was looking for something to use up some snow peas I had and it was delicious :) I skipped the bacon though, since I'm a vegetarian, and used some cherry tomatoes instead, which worked pretty well.