TGIFOOD

TGIFOOD

Lockdown Recipe of the Day: Bacon and peas pasta with mint

Lockdown Recipe of the Day: Bacon and peas pasta with mint
Spaghetti with bacon, peas, mint and parsley. (Photo: Tony Jackman)

Plenty of grated Parmesan (as much as you like) stirred into the sauce finishes off this simple family pasta dish.

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

200 g back bacon, diced

1 cup/ 250 g frozen peas

2 Tbsp olive oil

500 g full cream

Handful spearmint, chopped

Handful Italian parsley, stems remove, leaves chopped

500 g spaghetti or linguine

1 or 2 ladles of retained pasta water

200 g grated Parmesan

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Use a big, wide pan for the sauce rather than a deep pot.

Boil the peas in lightly salted water till al dente, drain and keep aside. Dice the bacon and fry in a little olive oil till crisp. Add the peas and cream. Season with salt and pepper and simmer to reduce the cream over a moderate heat. Add finely grated Parmesan, as much as you like or about 200 g.

Cook the pasta in lightly salted water till al dente.

Add the chopped mint and parsley to the sauce.

Use a slotted spoon to pick up pasta, drain it, and add it to the sauce; repeat until all used. Stir it around to coat all the pasta with sauce. Add a ladle or two of the pasta water to the creamed sauce; this emulsifies it. Reduce down a little more, taste for seasoning and adjust if you need to, and serve. DM/TGIFood

Our Thank God It’s Food newsletter is sent to subscribers every Friday at 6pm, and published on the TGIFood platform on Daily Maverick. It’s all about great reads on the themes of food and life. Subscribe here.

Send your Lockdown Recipes to [email protected] with a hi-resolution horizontal (landscape) photo.

Thank God It’s Food is sponsored by Pick n Pay.

Gallery

Comments - Please in order to comment.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options