Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pasta with two Peas

This is a good news/bad news post.

So, Dave and the hunting party have already gotten two moose.  That was the goal for this year, they will share between six hunters, so two is plenty of meat for the year.  That's the good news.

The bad news is they haven't even been gone a week and they are headed home.  I'm going to work hard at talking them into going to Valdez to fish for silver salmon before my brother has to go back home...that gives me another week.  We'll see.

So, at 2:30 this afternoon, Dave texted and said they were on their way in.  That means they will pull into the driveway about 7:00 and hungry.  I was not planning on dinner for them today.  Good thing I have a few tricks in the pantry, like this pasta dish.  I could just eat this for dinner, but I'll add some grilled steaks to the menu for the successful hunters.  This is quick, easy, fresh, and delicious, and I have everything on hand!

I really shouldn't complain, we will now have a freezer full of meat to get us through the winter.

Pasta with Two Peas
adapted from Cooking Light, September 2014

8 cups water, really? who measures their pasta water?  Not me
8 oz. uncooked ziti
1 cup frozen green peas
8 oz. sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally
2 center cut bacon slices, chopped
1/3 cup panko
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
1 up chicken stock
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. parmesan cheese, grated

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.  Add pasta; cook 5 minutes.  Add green peas and sugar snap peas; cook 1 minute more or until pasta is done.  Drain.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium hear.  Add bacon to pan; cook 3 minutes or until bacon begins to brown.  Add panko;  cook 1 1/2 minutes or until browned.

Remove panko mixture from pan.  Add butter to pan; swirl until butter melts.  Add green onions and garlic; cook 1 1/2 minutes.  Stir in stock, salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes.  Stir in pasta mixture, juice and Parmesan cheese; toss.  Top with panko mixture.  Serves 4.

September 18, 2014  Sunrise 7:22am   Sunset 8:06pm  Temp. H 67/ L 44°F

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