I’m kinda in a comfort food mood. Not only is it finals week, but I’m still dealing with the death of my grandfather and I’m still pretty bummed. So sorry for the lack of actual adult like healthy food. This dish isn’t the worst for sure. It has peas (veggies haaaay) and it is not a cream based sauce, so your pants will still fit you next week. This is my grown up buttered noodles dish, because that was my comfort as a kid, and this is my comfort now.
In the bread crumb department, Ian’s has some awesome ones but they’re super expensive. I may have bought them because it had my boyfriend’s name on it. But if you’re looking to be frugal as most of us are, you can take a slice of bread, rip off the crust, and rub it between your hands to crumble it. Then bake it at 200F for 20-30 minutes until they get dry. Easy peasy.
To cut some fat, you can cut the bacon. It’s really good though. Turkey bacon works too.
12 oz Gluten Free Pasta (any shape works well)
4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 clove of garlic, sliced as thin as possible
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup peas
4 strips of bacon, chopped
3/4 cup of chopped tomatoes
red pepper flakes (optional, but amazing)
- Cook pasta according to box directions. When it is done, strain it and put it back into the original pot. To keep it from sticking, add 1 tablespoon of butter and stir to coat.
- While the pasta cooks, boil a small pot of water with salt and cook peas 5-10 minutes until tender, but not mushy.
- When the peas are done, strain them and set them aside.
- After letting it momentarily cool, use this pot to melt 1 tablespoon of butter. When it is melted, add the garlic and breadcrumbs and cook until the garlic is golden brown.
- Pour the butter-breadcrumb-garlic mixture over the peas and use this pot again to cook the bacon. Feel free to break it in half if it doesn’t fit.
- Once the bacon is super crispy, place it on a paper towel and let it really dry, then chop it pretty small.
- Add the bacon, olive oil, optional red pepper flakes, and chopped tomato to the butter-garlic-breadcrumb-pea dish and stir to coat all the ingredients. Then add this to the pasta pot.
- You can stir this like an adult, but I prefer to put the lid on the pot, hold it tight, and shake it. They basically work the same way, one is just way more fun.
- Serve it warm with Parmesan cheese
Serving size is about a cup and a half, and in includes everything. Make sure to account for any changes!