We had Laura and Dan over for dinner last night. I should say we had them over for a main course, as I didn’t really provide any side dishes or salads – no time or ingredients! But I did make this recipe:
Penne with Bacon, Peas, and Ricotta
½ pound penne
4 slices bacon
½ cup frozen peas
15 ounce carton of ricotta cheese
generous grinds of black pepper
salt to taste
Cook pasta according to package. Cut bacon into one-inch pieces. Put in cold skillet. Turn the heat to medium and fry the bacon. Pour off most of the bacon fat, reserving about 2 tablespoons in the pan. Return the bacon to medium heat and immediately add the peas. Stir and cook until the peas are shiny green, about 1 ½ minutes. Put the hot pasta in a serving bowl. Mix in the cheese, then the bacon and peas. Add black pepper and salt to taste.
Source: Now You’re Cooking by Elaine Corn
Now this is what I will do differently next time: Use about double the bacon and at least ¾ cup of peas. Use only ½ or ¾ of the ricotta cheese, and add some milk to see if that will make it creamier. And then salt, salt, salt! It’s not a bad meal…and very easy to make…it just needs some adjustments. But I provided the original recipe because I once heard somewhere that you should always make something according to the recipe the first time and then play around with it!
P.S. Welcome, Joannie!!! Glad to have you in the kitchen! I hope we hear from some other contributors soon... :o)