Hey, hey! Happy Fall… wait, Winter…? It’s definitely still Autumn, but these 20 something days make it feel like we’re already in the thick of Kansas City winter and let me just say — I’m not a fan. The way I see it the only reason it should ever be this cold is if snow is falling from the sky and there’s enough of it on the ground so that I can make snow angels and watch Nico hop around like a cute little brown snow bunny-dog :)
Anyway, regardless of any of that the chilly weather has me craving some Italian comfort food! You might be thinking “Oh! Spaghetti and Meat Balls” or “Lasagna, I can’t wait!” but come on now — I know those things arrree amaazzingg, but that’s not all we’ve got! This is one of favorite Italian comfort meals. It’s not often found on restaurant menus, but if it is you’re totally in the right place! However, if not and you’re at a real Italian place I bet they’d make it for you if you asked! It’s super good and super simple! You can totally make is at home for yourself — perfect for a cozy night in.
Pasta Piselli — Pasta & Peas. Enjoy!
Pasta & Peas
– 1/2 lb spaghetti ** you can use any kind of pasta you want, really. My family always made this with spaghetti, however it is more traditionally made with ditalini or penne**
– 1/2 C chopped pancetta or bacon
– 1 1/2 C frozen peas or one can of canned peas
– half an onion, chopped fine
– 1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
– salt & pepper to taste
– grated parmesan cheese for topping
– toasted bread crumbs for topping **this is a very southern italian way of topping pasta. My dad always eats his pasta with toasted bread crumbs and it’s actually really yummy! You can buy a jar of plain bread crumbs at the store and toast them in a pan over low heat or you can use stale bread from home. We always keep a jar of toasted bread crumbs handy ;) **
How – to :
– start a pot of water on high heat to boil the pasta
– once the water for the pasta begins to boil, salt the water and add the pasta
– when the pasta is done turn of the heat and set aside about 1 cup of the pasta water and strain the rest.
– in a separate pan over medium heat start the chopped pancetta or bacon. Let it cook until it begins to brown
– add the chopped onion and garlic. cook until the onion is translucent
– add the peas and the reserved pasta water
– allow the pasta water to boil down and that’s it!
Mix the peas with your pasta, salt & pepper to taste, top with parm &/or bread crumbs if you like and ENJOY!