Thursday, May 2, 2013

Creamy Bacon and Pea Pasta

I love a meal that can be done in one pan.  Pure awesomeness!  This one was definitely done in under 30 minutes, and the kiddos even liked it...which happens rarely.  Serve it up with a yummy green salad and some garlic bread, and just like that...dinner's done! 

Creamy Bacon and Pea Pasta

12 oz campanelle pasta (can use bow-tie or penne)
32 oz low-sodium chicken broth
12 oz evaporated milk (I used 2%)
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 oz cream cheese (can use light)
8  oz cooked, chopped bacon (can use turkey bacon)
1/2 cup frozen peas
pepper, to taste 

In large skillet, combine pasta, evaporated milk, chicken stock, onion powder, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  Cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes, until pasta is done and liquid has reduced. 

Stir in parmesan, cream cheese, frozen peas and bacon.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes for the sauce to thicken.  Add pepper, to taste.

Recipe Source:  adapted from Plain Chicken

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