Pasta with Peas, Bacon, Mint, and Ricotta
It’s a sprightly mash-up of two traditional Italian pasta dishes: Paglia e Fieno and Pasta e Fagioli. Paglia e fieno, translates to “straw and hay” named for its two color fettuccine made from both egg and spinach. The yellow and green pastas are typically paired with prosciutto and peas and Parmesan. Pasta e fagioli is a brothy dish combining pasta and beans.
Here, conchigliette (small pasta shells) are paired with peas and bacon in a flavorful chicken and vermouth-based broth, brightened with fresh mint. Scoops of whole milk ricotta are stirred into the broth taking the place of the traditional rich Parmesan cream sauce. A sprightly mash-up indeed.
Pasta with Peas, Bacon, Mint, and Ricotta Recipe
- 6 oz. dried pasta, small shells, cooked and drained
- 3 slices bacon, chopped
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1/2 c. dry vermouth
- 2 1/2 c. chicken broth
- 1 1/2 c. frozen petite peas
- 2 T. fresh mint, chopped, plus more for garnish
- 4 oz. whole milk ricotta
- salt and fresh ground pepper
In a large sauté pan or wok, cook bacon over medium heat until it starts to brown. Add onion and cook another 5 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
Add vermouth and cook until it has almost all evaporated. Then add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add frozen peas, lower the heat and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add pasta to heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped mint. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.
Serve topped with scoops of ricotta and mint garnish.
This recipe was inspired by Bon Appetit.
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