Creamy Pasta with Bacon & Peas

And that’s as original as recipe titles get around here, folks.

The winter months have me feelin’ some type of way. Specifically, a type of way that makes me craves my bed and comfort food.
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I equate comfort food with butter and carbs. All the best foods involve one or the other, and more often than not manifest themselves in some combination of a buttery carb. Pasta, pizza, potatoes… give me carbs or give me death, as Paula Deen probably never said.

For the majority of my life, not including a 2-year stint in primary school where all I wanted was a Twinkie (quite the elusive delight in London), I have always turned to pasta as the answer to everything. It was my response for every “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life/were stuck on a desert island” question. It was my reaction to every late-night food craving, every post-exam stress binge, every accompaniment to a Gilmore Girls marathon. Put quite simply, pasta is something I would without hesitation trade my first-born for.

And in the cold months, where all I want is to envelop myself in potato sack fashion and eat copious amounts of buttery carb-filled comfort food, pasta yet again presents itself as the perfect solution to most of my problems.
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This recipe combines a few of my favourite things, like cheese and butter and pasta and bacon. A good creamy alfredo cannot be beat when you’ve decided to throw all calorie-related caution to the wind and indulge, and pretty much everyone (with the exception of vegans, and by now everyone knows I don’t fux with vegans) knows that bacon only ameliorates a meal.

Plus I threw in some peas. Because #newyearnewme, amirite ladies?
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makes one box of pasta

You Will Need

  • 1 box of the pasta of your choice (I couldn’t find orecchiette, but that is what I would recommend)
  • 6 large strips of bacon or about 1/2 cup pancetta
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a large pan, fry your bacon or pancetta until cooked and set aside on a paper towel to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, boil a pot of salted water and cook the pasta until al dente.
  3. In a small pot, cook your peas for a couple minutes until just cooked.
  4. When all your ingredients are assembled, melt the butter in the large pot of pasta and stir in the cream, parmesan, and black pepper to make a creamy alfredo sauce. Stir in the peas and crumble in the bacon. Serve hot with extra cheese because you earned it, baby.

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  1. Great recipe! I love pasta with bacon and peas; it’s such a delicious combo.


  2. Ally

    I totally giggled at adding peas because #newyearnewme! I will add vegetables to anything for added nutritional value and be like #newyearnewme!


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