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Creamy Peas and Bacon
This is a very quick and tasty side dish to make that will go down well with the whole family. I love fresh peas just boiled in some water and served with a little butter and mint, but my son is not as keen, so I came up with this so he would eat them and enjoy them. You can make this with frozen or fresh peas just make sure you cook the peas first if fresh.


1 tablespoon butter
1/2 Onion, finely chopped
3 Cloves garlic, crushed
5 Bacon rashers, chopped finely
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups cooked fresh peas (can use frozen, you can add them straight into the cream without cooking.)
Dash cayenne pepper
Mint, sprinkle with some chopped fresh mint (optional)


1. Melt butter in a pan, add onion, garlic and bacon, cook until onion is soft and bacon cooked.

2. In a saucepan add cream, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, to reduce slightly, Approx 4-5 Min’s.

3. Add onion garlic mix, cheese and peas, stir to heat through and melt cheese, approx 3-4 Min’s.

3. Add cayenne and season with salt and pepper if desired, cook for a further minute or two, until nice and hot and thickened slighlty.

Serve sprinkled with fresh mint.

Quick and Creamy Boscaiola Pasta (Bacon and Mushroom)
Here is a very quick and easy pasta recipe to throw together which tastes great, I would recommend making this with tortellini as I think it is a real important part of what makes this dish. I also added garlic and peas to the recipe I cooked the garlic in with the mushrooms and bacon and added the peas when I added the cream. It is a great no fuss week night meal that the whole family will enjoy. If you would like to see more photo’s or read more reviews of this recipe please click here.


500g Pasta, your preference (I used tortellini and I think that is what makes this dish.)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 Cloves garlic, crushed
6 Slices bacon, chopped
200g Button mushrooms, sliced
1 Cup of peas (optional)
400ml Cream
2 Scallions, sliced
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
Parmesan cheese extra to sprinkle over


1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of rapidly boiling salted water until ‘al dente’. Drain, return to the pan, and keep warm.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the bacon and mushroom, and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, add garlic, cook for further 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Stir in a little of the cream, and scrape the wooden spoon on the bottom of the pan to dislodge any bacon that has stuck.

4. Add the remaining cream, bring to the boil, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, OR until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. (Add peas here if using)

5. Stir the spring onion through the mixture, add cheese stir to melt.

6. Pour the sauce over the pasta, and toss to combine.

Serve sprinkled with the parsley.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.