Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas

Nobody minds finishing the peas and carrots when crispy bacon is involved. In fact, almost every dish is more exciting when bacon comes to play, and this will satisfy those hungry bellies quick.



Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas:

8 ounces uncooked mini farfalle (bow tie pasta)
3 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 cup frozen green peas
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid; set aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
Add onion and carrot to drippings in pan; cook 5 minutes. Add stock; bring to a boil. Add peas; cook 2 minutes.

Remove pan from heat; stir in reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid, bacon, thyme, salt, pepper, and cream cheese. Add pasta to pan; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Serves: 4
Serving Size: 1 ¼ cups