Eat Your Peas & Carrots Quinoa Pasta (with Bacon!)

 

A box of quinoa spaghetti had lurked in the back of my cupboard for months. I think I was a little bit scared that it would taste terrible. Well, you know what would make even bad pasta taste good? Bacon. The good news is, the quinoa spaghetti tasted great! Well, I should say it really just tasted exactly like regular spaghetti. Seriously, I couldn't even tell a difference. If I was serving a gluten-free dinner guest, I would make them this in a heartbeat. This is the delicious bacon-y sauce (inspired by Bon Appetit's Creamy Pappardelle with Leeks and Bacon) I used to introduce myself to the world of quinoa spaghetti. I even added some peas and carrots in there so I could pretend it was healthy :)

What you will need

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces

2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped

1 leek (white and light green part only), halved lengthwise then cut crosswise into thin slices

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup half-and-half

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemar

8 ounces quinoa spaghetti or regular spaghetti

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup frozen or fresh green peas

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