Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lemony Tortellini with Peas and Bacon

I have adapted this recipe from Everyday Food, which is seriously the best food magazine ever.

1 package cheese tortellini, frozen or fresh, but not dried (about 20 oz.)--the ones you get at Sam's Club are the best
1 bag frozen peas
1/2 pound bacon
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

Boil the tortellini according to the package directions.  Don't overboil, or all the cheese leaks out.

Meanwhile, chop the bacon into little pieces and fry in a pan until crisp.  When the bacon is all crispy, turn off the heat and when everything stops sizzling in the pan, add the garlic to the bacon grease.  (If you add it while everything is still crazy hot, the garlic burns and turns bitter--NOT good.)

When the tortellini are done, add the bag of frozen peas, and immediately strain both the peas and pasta and put them either back into the pot or into a large bowl.  Scoop the bacon and garlic out of the bacon pan, leaving most of the grease behind, and add them to the tortellini.  Add the lemon zest and lemon juice to the pasta.  Salt and pepper to taste.  (If you need to, you can also add another tablespoon of the bacon grease to the mixture, since bacon is always delicious.)

1 comment:

  1. This is so yummy!! It has a really clean taste to it and unlike some other pasta dishes I don't feel gross after eating it like the huge amounts of lasagna I just inhaled.