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.
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.
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?
CREAMY PASTA ALFREDO WITH BACON & PEAS
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
- In a large pan, fry your bacon or pancetta until cooked and set aside on a paper towel to drain.
- Meanwhile, boil a pot of salted water and cook the pasta until al dente.
- In a small pot, cook your peas for a couple minutes until just cooked.
- 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.