Lemony Pasta

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A while ago I was incredibly lucky to win a giveaway that was hosted by my friend Katerina of the lovely blog, Culinary Flavors (thank you so much, Katerina!).  The prize was a beautiful assortment of Greek specialty foods, including the delicious Greek pasta Hilopites, which are small, square noodles made with milk and eggs. 

I couldn’t wait to dig in to this lovely pasta right away, so I looked in my fridge to see what veggies I had on hand that would pair well with it.  I knew there would be slim pickings since I hadn’t been to the grocery store for a stock up on fresh produce (and at the time I wasn’t able to go to the grocery store due to our wonderful abundance of snow!)…I was right, no broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper, carrots, or even scallions.  I did find a couple of fresh lemons and some garlic though, which was a pretty good start.  A glance into the cheese drawer revealed some Kefalotiri that of course I had to incorporate.  (Funny how even when I’m out of fresh produce, I’m never out of specialty cheese, isn’t it?  Priorities… ;) )

The freezer was also helpful, since I always keep a stash of frozen fruits and veggies in the there for occasions just like this.  Frozen peas caught my eye along with some turkey bacon, and suddenly I had myself a pasta dish.

Lemony Pasta

(Yield:  2 servings)

4 oz small pasta, any shape you like (I used Hilopites)

1 c frozen peas, thawed

2 1/2 TB olive oil, divided

4 slices turkey bacon

1 medium-large clove garlic, minced

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

1/2 a small-medium lemon, washed, rinsed, and thinly sliced into circles (or 1 TB lemon juice)

Fresh shaved Kefalotiri cheese (or fresh shaved Parmegiano-Reggiano)

Salt and pepper

Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.  Put peas in a mesh sieve to drain.

Heat 1 TB oil a medium skillet over medium heat; add bacon and cook until browned on both sides (about 2-4 minutes per side).  Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil; cool, then crumble.

Heat 1 TB oil in a small saucepan over low heat; add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook 1-2 minutes; turn off heat and add lemon slices.

In a large bowl, toss together pasta, peas, crumbled bacon, garlic/lemon sauce, shaved cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Transfer to 2 serving dishes and drizzle the remaining 1/2 TB oil on top.

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  1. says

    Somehow I’ve never hear of these before – crazy, as world’s hugest pasta fanatic! I love the flavor profile you have going on here – I never really associate Greek food with pasta, but I love both, so I can only imagine how perfect the dish would be!

  2. says

    That pasta sounds awesome! That is definitely a very cool prize to win. Lemon juice adds amazing flavor to pasta sauces and peas are a great add in. Deliciousness!

  3. says

    Hey Faith, not bad for a made from my pantry pasta dish;-)
    I’m with you on having specialty cheese on hand, you just never know when it going to come in handy;-)

  4. says

    Oh lemons…I can never get enough of you. In the midst of all this confusion I’m facing, I find solace in these pictures…and in your words. Thank you for sharing with me..and thank you for supporting me through the good and the bad. May your week be full of laughter and love. Hold onto those you love.

  5. says

    I really like this dish and the way that you improvise with what you put in it. I make this lemony pasta (or rice) dish with tofu, artichoke hearts and whatever random stuff is at hand sometimes. This reminds me fondly of that.

    I haven’t seen the “Hilopite” pasta before. Does the name have significance? To me, it sounds like the Sun.

    Are you back from vacation? If not, then I hope you’re really having a blast. If you are, then I hope that you publish lots of pictures on a regular basis for a while so I can enjoy it vicariously.

  6. says

    This is such a fun pasta shape! I often have to scrape together ingredients to make dinner, but it’s always a delight when it comes together in the end :)

  7. says

    The addition with the turkey bacon paired with the tang of lemon must be quite tasty indeed…I’ll have to try it out…Thanks Faith.

    Flavourful wishes,

  8. says

    Oh yeah, now this is a delish sounding dish. I am so hungry right now, could go a bowl of this yummy bowl of goodness right now.
    I have been working a lot with citrus lately, love the flavours when they reduce a smidge. Great recipe, can’t wait to try! :)

  9. says

    Faith! What lovely delectable simplicity… the snow is a mile high here (well, it seems like it) and that dish is a breath of fresh air. So flavourful! YUM!
    You are a creative genius in your kitchen. I hope you are appreciated by your hubby as he is one lucky fella!

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