Prep 5 mins
Cook 9 mins
This is a quick and easy recipe that bodes just as well for an everyday family dinner as it would for a dinner party I like the varying colors and textures of the both beans as well as the unexpected flavor of mint in a savory dish such as this.
- 12 ounces orecchiette (little ear-shaped pasta)
- 4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped (approx 4 oz)
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup canned garbanzo beans, drained (chick peas)
- 1⁄3 cup of fresh mint, chopped (or basil)
- 1 1⁄4 cups parmesan cheese, grated (divided)
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Cook pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring often. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Transfer to large bowl.
- Brown bacon in deep large frying pan over medium - high heat until crispy. Transfer bacon to paper towel to drain.
- Add onion to bacon fat in pan sautee’ until just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Add frozen peas stir two minutes then add the chick peas and continue to cook until both are just heated through and peas are bright green about 1 minute longer.
- Return bacon to pan and add mint (reserving some for garnish) and pasta and enough cooking liquid to moisten pasta.
- Stir in 1 cup cheese and place on serving platter or bowl.
- Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with reserved mint Serve, passing additional cheese alongside.
Very good recipe. I followed the recipe except for the last drizzle of oil. The pasta was very moist from the added water so I didn't think I needed it. I used basil instead of mint. I liked this but I think I should have used fresh basil. Mine was a little bland. It was really easy to make though. I also think pimentos or fresh sweet red peppers might add a bit of zing
Excellent Pasta Recipe, very easy to make and so delicious. Orecchiette are one of my favorite pasta. The green peas with their sweetness complete so well the more nutty taste of the garbanzo beans. The mint add just the right freshness to it and the bacon gives it a tasty salty flavor. At last the olive oil and the parmesan complete this dish with a wonderful Italian like touch. Should not be missed in your cookbook, too. Enjoy it!