Creamy Bacon and Ricotta Pasta
with Parmesan and Peas
Inspired by the perfect Roman pasta - carbonara - this penne dish features rich bacon and a silky ricotta sauce. Sweet green peas burst in each bite!
Produced in a facility that processes milk, sesame, eggs, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybean and sulphites.
Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Chicken Broth Concentrate
Not included in your delivery
Before starting, add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a large pot (use same for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Wash and dry all produce. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat.Meanwhile, halve bacon strips crosswise. (TIP: Use kitchen shears to cut bacon with ease!)When hot, add bacon. Cook, flipping occasionally, until crispy, 5-7 min.** (TIP: Don't worry about bacon slices overlapping as they cook!)Remove from heat. Using tongs, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.Reserve bacon fat in the pan.
Meanwhile, add penne to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10-12 min.Reserve 1/2 cup (1 cup) pasta water, then drain penne.
Peel, then cut onion into 1/2-inch pieces. Peel, then mince or grate garlic. Roughly chop spinach, if desired. (TIP: Place spinach in a bowl, then roughly chop using a pair of kitchen shears or scissors!)Add ricotta, half the Parmesan and half the garlic salt to a medium bowl. Season with pepper, then stir to combine.
Reheat the pan with reserved bacon fat (from step 1) over medium-high. When hot, add onions and peas. Cook, stirring often, until onions are tender, 3-4 min.Add garlic and remaining garlic salt. Season with pepper. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 30 sec.
Add cream and broth concentrate to the pan with veggies. Bring to a simmer. Cook until sauce thickens slightly, 1 min.Remove from heat, then add penne, 1/4 cup (1/2 cup) reserved pasta water, spinach and 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) butter. Toss until spinach wilts, 1-2 min. (TIP: For a lighter sauce consistency, add more reserved pasta water, 1-2 tbsp at a time, if desired.)Season with pepper, to taste.
Divide penne, veggies and any remaining sauce between bowls. Dollop seasoned ricotta over top.Crumble bacon. Sprinkle over top along with remaining Parmesan.