Orecchiette Pasta with English Peas & Cherry Tomatoes

Anytime I try to cook a pasta or an Italian dish, I find that simple and fresh ingredients truly make for the best plate. You don’t need to make a big fuss about making a good pasta, it doesn’t have to be over-complicated. Quality of your pasta makes a big difference, of course fresh is best. But I actually found this bag of organic Orecchiette pasta from Trader Joe’s, I thought it came out fantastic. Linking pasta here.

I find that these days I’m cooking quite a bit of pasta (because my picky- eater Child actually likes it) and of course as a mom, I’m franticly paranoid about my son getting enough vitamins/ nutrients from healthy foods, etc. etc.

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So with this orecchiette, I added beautiful fresh English peas and cherry tomatoes!! My son loved eating this! The little peas kind of sit inside the “cup” of this pasta and I was watching him get a bite of peas or tomatoes with every bite because of the shape of the pasta. That’s a Win!!

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Cooking shallots and bacon in the cream gave amazing flavor to the pasta, how could it not?? Even little bits of the cheese and cream sink into the cup of this pasta, giving you the perfect bite every time. I have a feeling I will be making variations of this pasta again and again!

 

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Ingredients:

- 12 ounces orecchiette pasta
- 1 shallot
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup of good quality bacon
- 3 tbs butter
- 3 tbs fresh parsley
- 1 cup of cherry tomatoes 
  cut in half
- 1/2 cup English peas
- 1 cup cream
- 6 ounces freshly grated 
  Parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While the water gets hot, heat a medium to large skillet with butter and cook the bacon down till it browns. Add in the shallots and garlic and cook with the bacon until frgrant.

When the water is boiling add the pasta in, and cook till al dente. In the skillet with the bacon and shallots, add in the cream and peas. Cook the peas for 3-5 minutes. When the pasta is al dente, add pasta and the tomatoes into the skillet with cream. Grate the parmeasean cheese over the pasta and stir to incorporate evenly. Add in fresh parsley, salt and pepper. Let stand for a minute or two and it is ready to serve.

 

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