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Cavatappi with Peas, Pancetta and Goat Cheese

Cavatappi with Peas, Pancetta and Goat Cheese

Easy enough for a weeknight and impressive enough for dinner guests, this creamy pasta with goat cheese dish is one you’re going to want to have on-hand. Featuring savory pancetta and sweet peas with a kiss of garlic and lemon, the combination of flavors and silky smooth creaminess is off the charts.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (16-ounce) package DeLallo Cavatappi
  • 5 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • ½ cup freshly grated DeLallo Imported Italian Granino Cheese Wedge (or Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 ounces microgreens

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instruction. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until garlic becomes fragrant and pancetta is crispy. Transfer pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Melt butter in the same skillet over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Add the flour and whisk to form a paste (roux). Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. While whisking, add in the milk in a slow, steady stream. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce begins to thicken, about 3 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add 2 ounces of goat cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and Parmigiano-Reggiano to the sauce. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add the hot pasta, peas and pancetta to the pan and toss together to combine. Serve topped with microgreens.

Cavatappi with Peas, Pancetta and Goat Cheese

Easy enough for a weeknight and impressive enough for dinner guests, this creamy goat cheese pasta dish is one you’re going to want to have on-hand. Featuring savory pancetta and sweet peas with a kiss of garlic and lemon, the combination of flavors and silky smooth creaminess is off the charts.