Results: Try-It Tuesday’s Creamy Bacon & Pea Pasta

Hi kids!

So our first Try-It Tuesday was a success! I overcame my fear of new foods, bit the bullet and did it. Now, the reviews are somewhat mixed, depending on who you ask. The man loved it. And I mean LOVED it. Stuck his finger in his bowl and cleaned it out. Loved it. But he’s easy to please. I had a few complaints… Firstly, the peas were somewhat undercooked. I followed the recipe, which said to put the peas in the boiling pasta water one minute before the pasta is done. Which I did. I thought that to be somewhat ambitious, so I let the peas cook for an extra two minutes. They were still not properly done. I guess American products’ cooking times are not quite the same as they are in South Africa. The second complaint was that the cheese did clump a little when I started with the melting part… A last complaint is that I like a little bit of sweetness to offset the saltiness of bacon, and it just was not there. But, on a positive note, since the recipe calls for hot sauce, I bought my first ever bottle of Tabasco! I went for the Chipotle variety because I adore the smokiness of it. And it was a good buy.

Here is a link to the recipe I used: http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/14350/

First off, the cheeses I used were Mozarella and Gouda. Second, I used Low-Fat Plain Yogurt. So here we go…

I got the pasta water boiling, generously salted of course, while I started to crisp up my bacon.

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After that, we got working on the cheese. Luckily, the kitchen control freak in me allows for help with grating the cheese! Look at him being all helpful and domesticated!

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I popped the peas in the pasta water, strained the pasta and peas after 3 minutes, dumped that into a serving dish, poured in some of the reserved pasta water, the yogurt, some of the cheese and the hot sauce. I mixed ferociously and got quite demotivated when it started clumping. I added more cheese, bit by bit, stirring all the while, and finally added the bacon when it was more or less smooth.

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I decided to pop it into the oven for about 10 minutes, just to get all the cheese melty, and out it came. I then just adorned my creation with salt and pepper, and dished! Here’s what we got:

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So all in all, not a bad one. I’d probably adapt it a little to add some sweetness. Also, cook the peas for longer! Next week is boys choice…Don’t know if I should be scared or… Nevermind. I am scared. But that’s kind of the point of this experiment. I think.

Much Love.

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