Growing Chefs! Ontario Andrew’s Awesome Sauce Pasta

Andrew’s Awesome Sauce Pasta

This one pan pasta dish makes the best of delicious summer vegetables, and is a favourite at home with our awesome sauce” Executive Director Andrew!
Serves 4-6
1 pound (454 grams) package rotini pasta (or choose your favourite pasta shape)1 cup reserved pasta cooking water1 1/2 cups peas, frech or frozen2 zucchini, diced1/2 pound (226 grams) thick cut bacon, chopped into 1cm pieces1 clove garlic, minced1 small shallot, minced1/4 cup white wine (optional)3/4 cup chicken stock2 tablespoons grainy mustard1/3 cup 35% cream1 cup fresh herbs (such as basil, parsley, or tarragon), chopped finely1 cup parmesan cheese, grated finely Black pepper to taste Salt to taste
Large potStrainerLarge frying panCutting boardChef's knifeWooden spoonMeasuring cupsMeasuring spoonsBowls various sizes for ingredientsGraterRaspDish towelTasting spoons

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Chop your vegetables, starting with the shallot. Put all prepared ingredients into separate small bowls until you are ready to cook with them. Cut the shallot in half root to tip, and then peel the outer skin. Cut off the tip of the shallot. Slice the shallot from the tip to the root in very thin slices, leaving the root end intact. Turn the shallot and mince very finely by chopping the thin slices from tip to root.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta shallot

Peel your garlic, and using a rasp, grate garlic finely.

AAP Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta garlic

Cut off both ends of the zucchini and cut them into finger sized pieces. Dice the zucchini into pieces approximately 1 cm squared.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta zuc

Gather your fresh herbs and remove the leaves from the stems, and discard the stems. Roll up the leaves tightly and chop finely.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta parsley

Finely grate your parmesan cheese with a rasp.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta parm

Chop your bacon into 1 cm pieces.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta bacon

Measure out the rest of the ingredients into separate small bowls; peas, wine (if using), chicken stock, mustard, and cream.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta prep

Get Cooking!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, and salt the water liberally (it should be salty like the ocean). When the water is boiling, cook the pasta according to the package directions, approximately 7 – 8 minutes until pasta is al dente. Strain the pasta and set aside, reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water (this can be used later to thin the sauce if needed).

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes, until bacon is mostly cooked. Add shallot, and zucchini and cook until shallot is translucent (the bacon should be fully cooked at this point). Add garlic, and cook for about one more minute.

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta cooking 1

Add white wine, if using, into the pan with the vegetables and bacon, and cook until the wine is almost completely reduced. Add the chicken broth, mustard, and cream into the pan and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

Awesome sauce pasta equipment cooking 2

Add the peas and let cook for a few more minutes, taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Sauce should have thickened by now enough to coat the back of a spoon.

In your frying pan, combine your cooked pasta along with your sauce, and 1 cup of fresh chopped herbs, and parmesan cheese. Toss well, and if sauce is a bit thick, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to help thin the sauce. 

Andrew s Awesome sauce pasta cooking final

Serve with additional parmesan cheese and freshly cracked pepper.

Andrews awesome pasta sauce