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Penne Pasta With Shrimp, Bacon, and Peas

Rachel loves simple recipes, especially when the results are delicious and loved by the whole family. This recipe fits the bill.

This penne pasta recipe will be loved by the whole family.

This penne pasta recipe will be loved by the whole family.

A Quick Dish for the Fall Season

This is the season where you want to spend time outdoors as much as you can before it gets too cold (lots of leaves to clean up, dead flowers to pull, and bushes to insulate with a layer of leaves around them).

So, you don't want to spend a lot of time with dinner, especially since all of the cooking holidays are coming up; you will be doing plenty of cooking.

I found this recipe in one of my cook books, but I had to change it a little because there were ingredients in it that my husband would not like. This recipe is for four people, but I made it for two, my husband and me. My husband doesn't always love every recipe I try, but he did like this one, a lot.


  1. You see in one of the pictures I used quick cooking pasta. It cooks in three minutes. A real time saver in any meal. It's really good too. I have used it in several dishes.
  2. Don't throw out the grease from the bacon, it adds a lot to the taste of the dish.
  3. You don't have to defrost the peas. I just chipped away at the frozen peas in a box and put it back in the freezer for another time. If you defrost the whole package, it will go to waste because you don't need a lot of it.
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15 min

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30 min

Yields 4 servings


  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water. Unless you are using the quick cook pasta then cook it after step two.
  2. In a large frying pan, sauté bacon until the fat melts and the bacon is crispy. Add the peas and sauté' for 1 to 2 minutes before stirring in the shrimp. Cook, stirring until just done. Add butter and lower the heat so that the butter melts slowly.
  3. Add the cooked pasta to the pan, and then grate the cheese, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. If it looks a little dry, add about 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss and serve.
  • 1 lb. Penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lb shrimp, raw and peeled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, cut into pieces
  • To taste salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

My Favorite Time of the Year

I'm showing these photos because I just love this season. I love the colors and I even love to see the colored leaves all over the ground. They are gone now because right after I took these pictures my husband went out with the leaf blower. But the colorful trees and bushes are still there.

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