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One-pot pasta with bacon, peas and Parmesan is your new go-to dinner

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This one-pot recipe is too fast and delicious to not get a spot on your dinner rotation

There's no reason to slave over dinner when you have this easy one-pot dinner in your arsenal. With ingredients everyone loves (and that you probably have in your pantry), it's great for busy nights when you're in a pinch.

One-pot pasta with bacon, peas and Parmesan recipe


  • 1 pound gemelli pasta (may sub with another short pasta) 
  • 1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup finely, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 6 – 8 Hormel Natural Choice bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water


  1. Prepare the pasta according to the directions in generously salted water.
  2. Once cooked, reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then strain the pasta, and return it to the pot.
  3. Stir in the mascarpone until completely melted, followed by the Parmesan cheese until melted, and then all the remaining ingredients, adding pasta water a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Season with additional salt, pepper, lemon, etc., to taste, if desired.
  5. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan and parsley (optional), and serve warm.
This one-pot recipe is too fast and delicious to not  get a spot on your dinner rotation
Image: Tiffany Egbert/SheKnows

This post was sponsored by Hormel.

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