Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pretty farfalle with creamy minted pea and bacon sauce

My mum bought me some gorgeous multicoloured farfalle when she was last in Wellington. She is always kindly picking up unusual things for me like that, it is so much fun to receive those kinds of gifts. The different colours were 'flavoured' differently, so there was tumeric, beetroot, spinach, basil, squid ink....you get the message! I didn't want a sauce that was going to detract too much from the lovely pasta, so was looking for something fairly simple. George, a great 'go to' cook on Violet's Pantry (she can always be relied on for ideas in a hurry!) suggested something like pancetta and peas, so I ran with that, tweaking it a little to get this fantastic sauce. I love pea puree, especially teamed with mint. I decided to saute a little spring onion and garlic in some butter, about 2 cups of baby peas, added 1 c chicken stock, cooked them til tender and then added 1/4 c of cream. I whizzed this all up in my blender with 2 tbsp chopped mint. I poured the puree back into the pan, tossed the farfalle through it then served it up with a good quantity of crispy bacon (that I had grilled), big shavings of parmesan and some basil pesto.It was absolutely spectacular, a real winner of a combination and a perfect option for entertaining, as it looked so lovely yet was so quick and easy to make. We were just sad there wasn't more!

7 comments:

Deb said...

Oh my gosh, look at all those amazing colours in the pasta. Pasta teams so well with so many things.

JillyB said...

That is amazing coloured pasta Linda! What a lovely gift from your mum.

Beth said...

great looking pasta...and a great sauce too

Maria said...

Oh wow love those coloured pasta bows!

Maria
x

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Oh wow Linda. That looks great, so pretty too :)

Rosie said...

What awesome colours Linda - looks so pretty and I bet tastes SO good!!

Rosie x

Brilynn said...

Very pretty! And your sauce sounds perfect on top.