Pasta Shells (8 oz)
according to package directions and reserve 2 cups of pasta water.
Garlic (2 cloves)
Green Peas (1 cup)
Thick-Cut Bacon (4 slices)
into 1/2 inch pieces.
If using, chop the
Fresh Mint (1/4 cup)
In a large skillet over medium heat, render the fat from the bacon until it becomes crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels.
Remove and reserve all but 2 tablespoon bacon grease.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the peas and 1 cup of the pasta water. Simmer for 2 minutes if the peas are fresh.
Crumble in the
Garlic and Herb Gourney Cheese (1/2 cup)
and stir until a smooth sauce forms. Thin with additional water if the sauce is too thick.
Gently toss pasta, sauce, mint,
Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup)
and bacon together. Adjust seasoning to taste with extra
Salt (to taste)
Ground Black Pepper (to taste)
Serve right away. Enjoy!