Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cuddling Up with the Comforts: Cavatappi with Bacon, Goat Cheese, and Peas

 Yesterday was a looooong day.  I was meeting with a new client, about an hour away at 4pm in the evening.  Knowing I wouldn't be able to make it home in time for our regularly scheduled dinner, I did double duty on Tuesday night, making dinner ahead of time so Thatboy could just heat it up for Thatbaby and himself.

My meeting ended up lasting even longer than anticipated when the client didn't show up.  We headed back and got a phone call when we were halfway home.  Which meant turning around and heading back.  When I got home last night, Thatbaby had been in bed for a long time, and Thatboy had my pasta warming up for me, stovetop.  He passed me a bowl as I curled into the couch, finally through with the day.

That's the beautiful thing about pasta.  It can be made ahead of time, reheats beautifully, and makes you feel better after a long, hard day.  Cavatappi is my go-to favorite pasta right now.  I love the ridges that collect every last bit of sauce.  And the curl that aids in holding a pea perfectly nestled in the shape.  Elly is my go-to pasta recipe-er right now.  Each one she features is simple, yet satisfying.  Rumor has it (since I wasn't there) Thatbaby ate 3 bowls himself last night!

Cavatappi with Goat Cheese, Peas and Bacon (From Elly Says Opa)
8 oz.cavatappi
3 strips bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup peas
2 oz. goat cheese
2 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
freshly ground pepper and salt if needed

  1. Cook the cavatappi according to directions on box.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
  2. While pasta is cooking, cook bacon over medium heat in a large skillet. 
  3. Remove bacon from skillet and place on a paper towel to drain.  Add the garlic to the bacon fat and cook about 30 seconds, until you can smell the garlic.
  4. Add in the pasta, peas, and the reserved pasta water.  Cook until everything is heated through.
  5. Add the goat cheese and stir into the pasta.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle pine nuts over before serving.


  1. I can totally see why you needed this after the day you had! Pure comfort food.

  2. There's nothing like a bowl of comfort after a long rough day!