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3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese

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3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese is a quick and easy pasta – perfect for busy evenings or fast lunches.

3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese

Welcome to Tuesdays in the Garden!

In this installment, my gardening buddies and I are sharing our favorite late spring farm-to-table recipes! This pasta recipe is one I originally shared a couple years ago. It’s become a staple in our house whenever we have fresh peas in the garden and I’m sure you will enjoy it. Although I use many different types of peas {whatever I happen to have fresh}, you don’t have to.  Don’t let only having one type of peas {or even only having frozen peas} stop you from trying this dish.

3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese 

3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese

To get started, boil water for the noodles right away, and then grab your favorite skillet.  I love my Lodge 12″ cast iron skillet, and use it often to cook up a bunch of bacon – and you need bacon for this dish. My bacon {that I buy from a local farmer} is actually frozen. I just cut off what I need from a one pound slab and cook it up in small pieces – saves me a ton of time and is pretty easy. I used a 1/2 pound of bacon, but you can use how ever much you want – up to a pound, I’d recommend. Cook the bacon longer than I cooked mine in this picture before you add the peas. The bacon takes the longest to cook and the peas will cook up pretty quickly.

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I used three different types of peas because that’s what I have in my garden right now. I have Dwarf Blauwschokkers, sugar snap peas, and maestro snap. I cut the ends off the purple blauwschokkers and then shelled the other two types as the pods were bordering on too big. Throw the peas in with the bacon and cook for 2 minutes or so. Then add the spinach and cook for another minute or two.

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Add the pasta – I used Einkorn spaghetti noodles that I bought from Azure Standard, but you can also find it on Amazon. After you add the pasta {and no I didn’t drain off any bacon grease}, add in 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup feta cheese. {I love feta cheese so much that I buy it 4 lbs at a time from Azure Standard. It’s some of the best feta I’ve bought and it stays fresh for a long time.} Salt and pepper to taste – and voila! Lunch on the double for hungry munchkins.

3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese - quick and easy garden to table recipe

From garden to table.

Yield: 6

3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese

3 Pea Pasta with Bacon, Spinach, & Cheese
Farm-to-Table recipe perfect for quick evenings or fast lunches.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh peas
  • 1 cup spinach, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 pound noodles, I used Einkorn spaghetti
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. Saute bacon over medium high heat and cook until almost done the way you like it.
  3. Lower heat to medium add the peas directly to the bacon grease - think about which veggies will take the longest to cook if you use different varieties of peas and add the ones which will take the longest to cook first.
  4. Add the spinach last and cook for 1-2 minutes. Finally add drained pasta.
  5. Turn heat to low and add the mozzarella cheese. Give pasta a good stir and turn off the heat.
  6. Finally, add feta cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2479 Total Fat: 92g Saturated Fat: 44g Cholesterol: 184mg Sodium: 4747mg Carbohydrates: 214g Sugar: 25g Protein: 178g

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

Comments

  1. Angela says

    You made your bacon into “lardons”! I need lardons; which is sort of bacon cut exactly the way your is in your delicious-looking dish. It makes everything better; especially pasta. For the past 13 years, I’ve been cooking everything that comes through my French kitchen door with lardons, then sadly going back home to Iowa to another 2, 3 or 4 years without them, Thank you. You have been a ray of sunshine in my life today. (And I was checking out your blog as I thought about the recipes and food I needed to start writing about. You are always great for food inspiration!)

    • Michelle Marine says

      Ah you’re so sweet, Angela. I had no idea these are lardons. I chalk it up to being a lazy cook – so you too can have lardons in Iowa. Freeze your bacon and cut with scissors! LOL… 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely time in Europe – love living vicariously thru you on fb. <3

  2. Laura says

    This looks so delicious! I love the bacon and feta combo – I bet you goat cheese would be good too … yum yum … and I’m a crispy bacon girl, I’d cook the heck out of it!

  3. Heidy L. McCallum says

    Awesome combination of ingredients I love! Peas and bacon plus pasta equal bliss! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Diane says

    This recipe looks so good! Bacon, spinach and cheese are delicious together. I can’t wait to get some veggies into the kitchen to try this recipe out!

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