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Philadelphia pasta with peas and bacon

Cream Cheese Pasta - 10 Minute Meal!

This Cream Cheese Pasta recipe is a super speedy 10 minute midweek meal. Add whatever vegetables or meat you have in the fridge and you're good to go.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Family Food
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 618 kcal

Ingredients

  • 300 g Dried pasta See Note 1.
  • 1 tsp Olive oil See Note 2.
  • 250 g Bacon Cut into small pieces.
  • 1 Large Onion Peeled and finely chopped. See Note 3.
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Peeled and finely chopped. See Note 3.
  • 3 Courgettes Trimmed and cut into small pieces.
  • 200 g Petit pois Frozen.
  • 250 g Cream cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 50 g Parmesan Cheese Grated. Optional.

Instructions

  1. Put the pasta into boil in a large pan of salted water.

  2. Whilst the pasta is cooking, in a large saucepan or deep frying pan, heat the oil and fry the bacon, onion, garlic and courgettes until softened and starting to brown. (This will take about the same time as the pasta.)

  3. 3 - 4 Minutes before the pasta is due to finish cooking, add in the peas with the boiling pasta to cook in the same water.

  4. Take the pan with the fried vegetables. Stir in the cream cheese, salt and pepper, Parmesan cheese and a couple of ladles of the water from the pasta pan. Stir until smooth.

  5. Drain the pasta and add to the vegetables and sauce.

Recipe Notes

Note 1
Whichever shape of dried pasta you prefer is fine. Check the cooking time on the packet.

Note 2
If I'm using a very fatty bacon, like pancetta lardons, I leave out the oil as it's not needed.

Note 3
I use pre prepared frozen, chopped here. An onion weighs about 150g, so replace with that pre chopped weight. Garlic is about 5g per clove so I use 10g (2 teaspoons).

Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Pasta - 10 Minute Meal!
Amount per Serving
Calories
618
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Cholesterol
 
42
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
1765
mg
77
%
Potassium
 
900
mg
26
%
Carbohydrates
 
77
g
26
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
37
g
74
%
Vitamin A
 
1120
IU
22
%
Vitamin C
 
50
mg
61
%
Calcium
 
304
mg
30
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.