Ah spring! The young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love—and mine turn to volunteering. :)
Spring is a busy time of year for my children. There are field trips, band competitions, camping trips and more. I try to help out and be part of the fun when I can.
Tomorrow I’m going to Raleigh, North Carolina (our state capital) on a field trip with my daughter’s 4th grade class. We’ll be learning all about state government—and even taking a detour to a museum of natural history. It’ll be a full day there—pre-dawn until nightfall.
These trips are a lot of fun, but they do require a little schedule maneuvering. And I like to make things as easy as possible for myself leading up to the outings— cooking easy meals that I know by heart, for example. Meals like bacon and mushroom pasta.
This dish also reheats nicely—a good thing, since any leftovers will be ready for my husband and son to heat up for supper while my daughter and I are away. You could use broccoli instead of peas, linguini instead of rotini, half-and-half or heavy cream in place of the cream cheese, and a variety of different cheeses for the topping. It’s a good go-with-the-flow kind of recipe.
Quick Bacon and Mushroom Pasta
1/2 lb. pasta (I used a whole-wheat rotini)
4 slices chopped bacon
4 oz.cubed cream cheese
small can sliced mushrooms
1 stalk green onion
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
3/4 cup milk
¾ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp Red pepper flakes (cayenne pepper)
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Fry bacon until crisp, then remove it from skillet, reserving 2 T of drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels.
Add green onions, mushrooms, and peas to the skillet, cooking for several minutes before adding the milk, red pepper, and cream cheese to the pan. Cook on low heat until the cream cheese is melted and the mixture is heated through.
Drain the noodles and stir in the bacon and cream cheese mixture, sprinkling the Romano cheese on the top before serving.
Have fun and enjoy the spring!
Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig