We had a busy and exciting weekend. My friend B* from Boston came to visit, and there were also friends from different places which were visiting D.C. Some of the girls and I ran the Susan B. Komen 5K race. It’s a great cause to support, although this isn’t my favorite running race. I enjoy the company and support the cause. In a running race aspect- it’s a bit crowded, so you just have to relax and enjoy the sights.
Whenever a group of us gets to spend time together, it reminds me to all of our fun days in undergrad. It’s wonderful to know that the strength of the bonds we have made many years ago is still there. It’s interesting to think that we spend only a few years getting to know each other. And then everyone scatters all over- really all over. It’s wonderful to know that great friendships can sustain the long distance!
But onto food! We made this last weekend actually, when we didn’t have visitors. Although I really do say this about many recipes, this one is easy and can be made under 30 minutes. Talk about a time saver with a delicious meal waiting for you.
Green Pea & Pancetta Linguine
Adapted from: Cooking Light (April 2011)
Time: 30 minutes
3 tbsp olive oil
3 oz pancetta, chopped
3 shallots, finely chopped
2 lbs frozen green peas
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 lb linguine pasta
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, grated
Heat skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the chopped pancetta and cook for about 10 minutes or until browned and crispy, stirring occasionally. Remove pancetta from the pan, and put in a bowl on the side. Leave the drippings, and add the shallots into the heated pan. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, until they are tender, also stirring occasionally. Then add the peas and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Next, add wine and thyme. Increase the heat to medium and bring liquids to a boil. Cook until the liquid reduced (about 5 minutes). Then remove from heat.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta per package directions. Drain the pasta.
Finally, add the pasta, 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt, black pepper and pancetta to the pea mixture. Toss well. Divide the pasta into 4 servings. Sprinkle cheese onto each serving.