Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spaghetti with Bacon & Peas


Today is officially lazy day. 

6:00am    Woke up to make a couple of sandwiches for the hubby to take with as he gets ready for work
6:30am     Went back to bed to get more zzzzz just for a couple of hours
8:30am      Zzzz...couple of hours went by...
12:30am    Zzzzzzz....six hours later....

1:30 pm....
Woke up, lazily turned on the bed to get the ipad, checked the time and was basically horrified to see it was already past lunch time. I can't believe I slept so long. Dragged my heavy legs to the bathroom to shower. Then to the kitchen to make a cup of hot coffee & a peanut butter sandwich.

The rest of the day was just as lazy as I felt when I woke up. I tried to get some studying done but gave up after half an hour. I just wasn't in the mood today. 

I also wasn't in the mood to spend a lot of time in the kitchen nor make something complicated.  

That's why this FIVE-ingredient pasta is exactly what I need, perfect for those lazy days.  

It's simple.  
It's easy. 
It's ready in 20 minutes. 
Plus it has bacon, people. Bacon! Who doesn't like bacon?!

makes 2 generous servings

220 g spaghetti
130g bacon or pancetta, diced
1 1/3 cup frozen green peas
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper

Bring a pan of salted water with a small splash of oil to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta. Reserve about 1 cup of the liquid.

Saute the bacon over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent. Stir in the garlic and peas. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the pasta. Add the reserved pasta water a little at a time to moisten and coat the pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the pasta gently to mix everything. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional).

NOTE: You can also cook the bacon until it's golden and crisp. Remove it from the pan, cook the onions, garlic and peas in the bacon grease. Then add it back together with the pasta. 

Lucky we went to the Jumbo after dinner to buy some snacks. They were giving out FREE Appeltaarts! Sweet!

Lekker Appeltaart!