Easy Peasy Bacon Rigatoni
Recipe type: pasta
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-3
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups peas, blanched*
  • 8 oz rigatoni pasta
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese, plus more as needed
  1. Place the chopped bacon in a large pot or saute pan and cover with 1 cup of water. Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until the water is evaporated and the bacon begins to sizzle and brown, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add the onions and garlic to the browned bacon and cook until tender, about 6 minutes more.
  3. While the bacon and onions cook, place a separate pot on the stove and fill with salted water (this could be the same water you use to blanch the peas). When the water reaches a rapid boil, add the pasta and stir immediately. Cook the pasta at a low until nearly tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so it does not stick.
  4. When the pasta is tender, scoop it from the boiling water and add to the bacon/onion mixture along with 1 cup of the cooking water. Bring the pot to a boil and cook 2 minutes more.
  5. Add the peas and cheese to the pot, stir well and remove from the heat. Serve in bowls and top with additional cheese.
*To blanch peas- bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add the peas and cook 3 minutes. Drain the peas and refresh under cold water.
Recipe by The Couple's Kitchen at https://thecoupleskitchen.com/bacon-and-peas-rigatoni/