Dear cold weather,

Let’s get right to the chase: I am so over you.

Because of you I don’t want to go to work, or socialize, or workout, or do, well, anything. And when I do finally decide to step outside, it takes me five minutes to bundle up and another five minutes to shed all the layers that I’ve now sweat through because the subway is so crowded and gross.

Because of you my skin is dry and itchy and, OMG, let’s not even talk about the huge black and blue on my thigh that I got when I took a tumble thanks to the snowy and very slippery ground. Don’t even try to blame that on the wine I had at dinner…

Because of you I don’t want to do anything but curl up on the couch in my fuzzy pink and white polka dot bathrobe and chow down on something comforting, like this decadent Ziti in Garlic and Parmsean Sauce With Bacon and Peas.

ziti in parmesan garlic sauce with bacon and peas
Tired of listening to me (and everyone else) complain about the cold? Let me stop whining and tell you all about this pasta.

On Sunday we were driving back from our first ski trip together (see, I really can brave the cold–as long as I have on four pairs of pants, three shirts, a jacket, two pairs of socks, a neck warmer, and a hat), and I knew we didn’t have many groceries but I really, really didn’t want to go to the grocery store. I did a little mental inventory of what we had in the house and this ziti was pretty much all I could come up with. So, I did a little research, crossed my fingers, got to work (using this Southern Living recipe as a base), and was totally okay with logging on to Seamless to order takeout if the recipe didn’t work out.

As you can tell since I’m sharing it here, this ziti was a smashing success in our house. It’s creamy and flavorful, but doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re so full you can’t even more (even though I’d probably still like it even if it did). And I love the pop of color and subtle sweetness the peas bring to the table. It really helps balance out the creamy sauce and the salt from the bacon and Parmesan.

Fix yourself a heaping bowl on a cold night, and I doubt you’ll be disappointed!

Ziti in Garlic Parmesan Sauce With Bacon and Peas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 pound pasta

Serving Size: Serves 6-8

Ziti in Garlic Parmesan Sauce With Bacon and Peas

Toss ziti in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce, then stir in crumbled bacon and peas to create a flavorful and comforting meal the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup of frozen peas

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. When done, set aside on a paper towel-lined plate and crumble once cooled. Discard excess bacon fat from the pan.
  3. In the same pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once butter has melted, stir in garlic and cook approximately 1 minute until fragrant (being careful not to burn it).
  4. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, approximately 2 minutes to form a paste.
  5. Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a boil (bringing to a boil will ensure you cook the flour taste out). Whisk constantly until the sauce begins to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Stir in Parmesan, salt, pepper, red pepper, frozen peas (don't worry, they cook fast!), and crumbled bacon. Cook 2 minutes more, whisking occasionally to prevent the bottom from burning.
  7. Toss cooked pasta with sauce and serve immediately.
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