Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce!

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Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce is creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!  And it really could not be an easier dinner.  After just a bit of prep, it comes together so quickly on the stove. 

You get the creaminess from the ricotta that is infused with a fantastic garlic backdrop.  The mushrooms give a meaty and earthy bite.  Then the bacon adds smokey and salty highlights.  For a bit of color and texture, I also added Soy beans – or shelled edamame!  My family all hate peas, so this was the perfect fresh substitute. 

Quick Stovetop Dinners

Having some quick stovetop dinners on your go-to list can be a lifesaver for busy families.  I love to have different types too, so some rice, pasta, quinoa, veggie, or just fillings for tacos or sandwiches.  Here are some of my family’s favorite Easy Stovetop Dinners!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the sauce and mixing in the pasta. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. 

And mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR PASTA WITH RICOTTA, BACON, & MUSHROOMS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below) 

To prep for this you simply need to dice the bacon.  If you need to, mince the garlic and slice the mushrooms.  Also, make sure that your shelled edamame are thawed if needed.

That’s it!  

Can I replace the edamame?

Of course.  The edamame (soy beans) add more protein to this recipe if you are planning to make it the main dish.  However, if you want to make it a side or add in chicken or other protein, you can add any veggies you like!  Peas are great in this, or diced carrots, zucchini, spinach, kale, broccoli, or sweet peppers.

Can I use turkey bacon or pancetta?

Of course, however, you may not get the amount of fat as you would with bacon for cooking the mushrooms.  If you use turkey bacon, you are likely to get no fat rendering, so just add in olive oil for the mushrooms.  Pancetta will render some fat, but supplement as needed.

COOK YOUR PASTA WITH RICOTTA, BACON, & MUSHROOMS

While the pasta cooks, preheat a large skillet or frying pan on medium heat. Add the diced bacon. Separate the pieces into a single layer using a spatula. Let the fat render and the bacon start to crisp – about 10 minutes.

To the bacon, add the mushroom slices and spread out into a single layer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the mushrooms have a nice sear on both sides. Add the edamame beans and garlic to the mushrooms and stir to combine.

Mushroom slices and Bacon bits cooking in pan for Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!

Turn the heat to the lowest setting and add the half and half to deglaze the pan and scrape up any of the browned bits. Then add the ricotta cheese, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine the sauce. Add the pasta to the sauce (or sauce to the pasta) and toss to combine. Add in 1/4 of the reserved pasta water to the pasta and toss again. Transfer to a serving platter or plates and garnish with fresh parsley.

Cream, mushrooms, edamame, and Bacon bits cooking in pan for Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!

Spatula mixing Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce in pan on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!Pasta added to pan with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!

What to serve with this Pasta?

This pasta is really the star, so you can go very simple with any added protein.  I like to add a very simple grilled, seared, or roasted Mediterranean Chicken breast.  You can also serve sauteed or grilled shrimp.  Or how about these amazing Healthy Meatballs with Zucchini!!

Can you make this entirely ahead?  Can you freeze it?

Yes, you can make this entire dish ahead, mix the sauce with the pasta, and then warm up up to 5 days later.  To warm it, you may want to add a touch of half and half or milk to loosen it up.  Then warm it on the stove in a covered pot on low heat, stirring often to ensure it doesn’t brown.  Or you can reheat it in the oven covered at 350 F degrees for 20 minutes or until warmed in the center.  Or you can reheat it in the microwave.

You can freeze the entire dish, though it may get mushy upon reheating.  Rather, I would freeze just the sauce and after thawing, mixing it with fresh pasta and warming it all up as mentioned above.  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on a plate with fork and pan in background. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious! Finally, shelled edamame for a bit of color and texture!
Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on a plate with fork and pan in background. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious! Finally, shelled edamame for a bit of color and texture!
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Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce

Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce is creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!  And it really could not be an easier 30-minute dinner.  You get the creaminess from the ricotta with a fantastic garlic backdrop.  The mushrooms give a meaty and earthy bite.  Then the bacon adds smokey and salty highlights.  Finally, shelled edamame for a bit of color and texture!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Bacon, mushrooms, pasta, ricotta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 strips Bacon
  • 6 ounces White Button Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 6 ounces Cooked Shelled Edamame
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces Uncooked Rigatoni or other short cut pasta

Instructions

Pre-Ahead Steps

  1. Dice the bacon strips. Chop the parsley. Mince the garlic, if needed. Slice the mushrooms, if needed.

  2. If your edamame is frozen, soak in warm water or put into the microwave to thaw.

Cooking Steps

  1. Bring a large pot of water up to a boil. Add a tsp of salt to the water and then add the pasta to the boiling water and stir so they do not stick together. Bring back to a boil and cook for 7-8 minutes until al dente. Save 1 cup of pasta water, drain the pasta and add it back to the pot and cover while you finish the sauce.

  2. While the pasta cooks, preheat a large skillet or frying pan on medium heat. Add the diced bacon. Separate the pieces into a single layer using a spatula. Let the fat render and the bacon start to crisp – about 10 minutes.

    Bacon bits cooking in pan for Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!
  3. To the bacon, add the mushroom slices and spread out into a single layer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the mushrooms have a nice sear on both sides. Add the edamame beans and garlic to the mushrooms and stir to combine.

    Mushroom slices and Bacon bits cooking in pan for Pasta with Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!
  4. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and add the half and half to deglaze the pan and scrape up any of the browned bits. Then add the ricotta cheese, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine the sauce. Add the pasta to the sauce (or sauce to the pasta) and toss to combine. Add in 1/4 of the reserved pasta water to the pasta and toss again. Transfer to a serving platter or plates and garnish with fresh parsley.

    Spatula mixing Ricotta, Bacon, Mushroom Sauce in pan on stove. It's creamy, rich, decadent, comforting, and downright delicious!