This side dish combines two favorites – organic peas and crispy bacon (pastured and nitrate-free of course!). You can always add more bacon, if your family wishes. Just be sure they say “peas!”
All cornyness aside (oh, look, I just mentioned another veggie), this dish really is delicious and you can even turn this recipe into a main dish too (as shown below).
- 3-4 slices of pastured, nitrate-free bacon, cut into small bit-sized pieces
- 2 small shallots, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 2 tbsp white wine (or white vinegar)
- 16 oz frozen organic peas, thawed
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp fresh organic parsley, finely chopped
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add chopped bacon and cook until it begins to crisp (about 5 minutes).
- Add finely chopped shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they become transluscent (about 3-4 minutes).
- Then add, minced garlic and cook one minute before adding the white wine (or vinegar) and stir to combine.
- Last but not least, add the thawed peas and cook, while stirring, until cooked through (about 2-3 minutes).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with chopped parsley.
From Side to Main Dish: More Bacon & Pasta, Peas!
To turn this side into a main dish, cook 12 oz. spaghetti (or linguini) pasta according to package directions (we like Tinkyada brand brown rice spaghetti). Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and then drain the pasta. (If using brown rice pasta, be sure to rinse thoroughly in cold water once cooking time is completed.)
Add cooked and drained pasta to the cooked bacon-peas mixture and toss well to combine over medium heat. Next, add just enough of the pasta cooking liquid to make a very light sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide into four bowls and top with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. YUM!
[email protected] Domestic Diva says
i just made a salad version of this with a homemade mayo dressing….a really great combo! Thanks..my kids would love this, and I need as many ideas as i can get to get those veggies in them – I’m the only parent who struggles with this, I am sure! (;
Yes, Tessa, I think you may be the only person who struggles with getting their kids to eat veggies. My kids just love them and in fact, want them in place of dessert! LOL! If only that were true! 🙂 I struggle with getting veggies into my kids as well as many other moms out there – so you’re definitely not the only one! So happy you’re enjoying this site. Your salad recipe sounds wonderful!
Jennifer Cooper says
Kelly-Where do you buy your bacon. I make do with the nitrate free bacon at TJ’s.
Hi, Jennifer. I know you’re a fellow Azure Standard supporter. It’s a bummer that Azure doesn’t sell pastured pork or beef bacon. I wish they would increase their selection of pastured meats; I’ve sent them notes to kindly encourage them that there are many of us who would purchase. But in the meantime, US Wellness Meats is a wonderful resource. It ain’t cheap, but does carry a wide selection of pastured meats, including bacon: http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categories.bok
April @ Angel's Homestead says
I’m always looking for new and yummy ways to serve my family veggies. My daughter and hubby are both picky about what veggies they will eat. *sigh* This looks good, and I’ll definitely be trying it. Thanks for the link for nitrate free bacon, I haven’t been able to find a source anywhere in my small town.
Hi, April! I think most of us struggle with getting veggies into our children (and sometimes the adults in our home too)! Glad to help! Blessings to you, Kelly