Angel Hair with Bacon and Peas ~ From ingredients to dinner in about 15 minutes, Angel Hair with Bacon and Peas is simple yet satisfying.Before I was a food blogger/recipe developer, I was a ‘buy stuff at the store that we should have on hand, open the the fridge/freezer/cupboards, find stuff, mix it all together and have dinner’ type of cook. Dinners were usually delicious, always creative, and never made the same way twice. Of course, the family favorites or those recipes I’ve been making for years were cooked in regular rotation.
However, now I have to be precise. I have to plan. I have to create actual recipes before I go in the kitchen or even the grocery store. I have to measure (something I still hate doing). And I have to WRITE. EVERYTHING. DOWN. And often it’s a lather-rinse-repeat type situation to make sure the recipe works.
Occasionally here on TCS, I will make recipes using the ‘what can I do with what I’ve got on hand method.’ In order to keep my food costs down and not waste, I don’t do it all that often. Cooking for just my family and friends, for the sake of cooking, well, that’s an entirely different story altogether.
I absolutely love just letting loose with random ingredients, it’s when I really delve into my creative side. It’s also when I end up cooking for what could be an army. My cooking skills were honed in my stepmother’s kitchen. Then we were a family of 7, and we all ate way more than we should per meal (sorry family, it’s true.) so cooking for an army is quite easy and natural for me to do.When I cook in abundance, I will eat the leftovers for lunch (even breakfast), send food home with those that joined us for dinner, and share with neighbors. Sadly, this has led to an astonishing depletion of my washable containers. My set of 60 pieces is honestly down to about 15, at best and mostly are the really tiny ones.
My solution for this has been using Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers that I pick up at Walmart over on the food storage aisle right by the Reynolds™ foil. They come in two different sizes (24 oz and 32 oz–See bottom of page for clickable images to two coupons, $1 off). Not only do I no longer have to worry about my missing/lost reusable containers I send with people, there are a few other perks to using these containers.
Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers are a great alternative to plastic, making them perfect for the microwave-no more warping my reusable stuff when others reheat the leftovers I’ve sent. Plus, there is no need to clean these containers, simply toss them in the trash. They’re made with plant fibers ensuring they will break down.Angel Hair with Bacon and Peas easily feeds 8 adults (I was feeding 7, plus a child and still had leftovers). I was able to use these nifty Reynolds™ Disposable Heat & Eat containers and send them along with my dinner guests. It’s been a win-win for me. Particularly, when I cook like I did for this recipe.
This is an utterly simple recipe. You can go from ingredients to serving Angel Hair with Bacon and Peas in about 20 minutes. While the water is getting its boil on, cook the bacon and onions, then make the sauce in the same pan. Once the pasta has cooked, toss it all together. The best part is that this looks fancy, but is so simple and is mostly pantry staples.
Angel Hair with Bacon and Peas
- Olive oil
- 3-6 pieces thick-cut bacon (6+ for regular)
- 1 small onion; thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove; thinly sliced
- Pinch of Red pepper flakes; + if you like it spicy
- 3 cans diced tomatoes; undrained
- 1 cup frozen peas
- Salt/pepper; to taste-generous
- 1 lb . angel hair pasta
- Pasta water--just a bit
- Parmesan cheese
- Parsley or basil; chopped for garnish , optional
- Bring a large pot of water to boil, once boiling, salt generously.
- Cook pasta one according to package directions reserving about a cup of pasta water.
- Meanwhile, cook and crumble the bacon, set aside. (For extra flavor, reserve some drippings to cook the onions)
- In a skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil (or bacon renderings) until onions are thoroughly cooked, about 5 minutes-add pepper flakes towards the end.
- Add all 3 cans of tomatoes with juice, mix thoroughly.
- Return the bacon to the pan, and stir in the peas, salt, and pepper. Bring to low simmer and cook until everything is warm; about 2-3 minutes.
- Add cooked pasta straight to sauce with a bit of the pasta water until it reaches the desired thinness, about 1/4 a cup.
- Top with Parmesan cheese and parsley or basil.
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