February 24, 2017

Angel Hair with Peas & Pancetta

Angel Hair with Peas & Pancetta

Pasta is my comfort food and there is no limit to the number of pasta dishes I’ll make. I wish I could make it every night, but in the name of excess that is definitely NOT a good idea. When I do make it I try to bulk it up with some vegetables and protein. This helps make the dish filling and nutritious, not just a giant bowl of carbohydrates.

The other night I made this easy angel hair pasta dish. I added lots of peas, stirred in cooked pancetta strips, and bound it all together in a light pink sauce. It is the perfect tasty yet light meal to enjoy on a weekday winter night. It was made even easier by the fact that the peas were Cascadian Farm Organic frozen peas served fresh from the freezer. It is so nice to have frozen product all stocked and ready to go in the winter when the local produce is not available! I warmed them up right in the sauce.

We served this meal with a shower of Parmesan and it was amazing. With a light green salad on the side it was the perfect weeknight meal for all of us, and I even had a enough leftover for lunch the next day!

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cascadian Farm. The opinions and recipes are wholly my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Naptime Chef possible.)

Angel Hair with Peas & Pancetta
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Ingredients

  • ¾ pound angel hair pasta
  • ¼ cup diced pancetta
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Cascadian Farm organic frozen peas
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta to all dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet add the pancetta and cook until light browned and crispy. Remove to a plate with a paper towel on top to train. Add the onions to pan and cook for 4 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Then add the tomatoes and salt and bring the liquid to a simmer. Use a spoon to break up the tomatoes. Then, stir in the heavy cream and peas and allow the sauce the simmer longer, until the peas are cooked and heated through.
  3. Transfer the pasta to the sauce and stir everything together. Serve the pasta in nests with a shower of parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
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