What could possibly be better than Alfredo-sauced pasta? Adding a little bacon and peas to the dish. Tip: Purchase ultra-pasteurized whipping cream. It will keep longer in the refrigerator than regular cream, allowing you to make this easy recipe often.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large deep skillet cook the 4 slices bacon until crisp. Stir in garlic; cook and stir for 30 seconds more. Stir in pasta, broth, the water, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring once. Stir in peas, whipping cream, and Parmesan cheese. Cook and stir about 2 minutes more or until heated through. Serve immediately. If desired, top with crumbled bacon.


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You could use whole milk for the whipping cream in a pinch (but you'll miss out on some of the creamy goodness).

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; 13 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 1043 mg sodium. 299 mg potassium; 49 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 16 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 1010 IU vitamin a; 9 mg vitamin c; 1 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 6 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 155 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 92 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;

Reviews (10)

56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
Really good! The sauce wasn't as rich as most recipies. The bacon added flavor but I think it would also be good with panchetta or Italian sausage!
Rating: 5 stars
5 stars really delicious, really easy, but really salty! Leave out the 1/2 teas salt, you can add later if needed. I added more cream to tone it down, too. BUT so good this is on our permanent dinner rotation now, too!
Rating: 3 stars
This was wonderful. I used chicken broth in place of the water and cooked the mixture for the full 15 minutes. I used whipping cream and doubled the Parmesan. When finished, it was creamy and tasted fantastic. Putting this into our dinner rotation. Thank you BHG.
Rating: Unrated
I sprinkled with a little Parm instead of more bacon. Was a bit thinner sauce than expected, I'd maybe reduce liquid just a bit.
Rating: Unrated
I followed the directions EXACTLY as stated and this turned out awful. This was not a creamy dish. It was very runny. Also, I believe 2 cloves of garlic is complete overkill. I ended up only using one clove and it was excessive - and I really like the taste of garlic! I had my husband read the directions to make sure I didn't do something wrong, but I followed along exactly.
Rating: Unrated
Is the pasta supposed to be added when it's uncooked? Do not want to mess this recipe up!!
Rating: Unrated
Making t his tonight. I'll take into account what the other comments were. ;) Wish me luck.
Rating: Unrated
i have made alfredo...but don't use chicken broth. A pat of butter, garlic, the cream and the parm.....easy peazzy also topped with some sautéed chicken and Fresh diced tomato is amazing'
Rating: Unrated
Nor fantastic, but bad. Faster and fewer dishes than traditional alfredo. I used half and half instead of cream, and homemade stock instead of canned chicken broth, which gave it some extra flavor and nutrition. The sauce was runny, so I added some cornstarch slurry and cooked a little longer to let it thicken up. I added extra pepper and some parsley before serving. I think it would be good with frozen spinach added with or instead of the peas. I'll keep this on hand for a quick week night meal.
Rating: Unrated
Oops, that was supposed to say "Not fantastic, but not bad!"