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Tortellini with Pancetta and Peas

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Twelve years ago this Christmas I did something revolutionary.  Something that no woman in my long family line had ever done before.  I served pasta for Christmas dinner.  {*minds blown*}  I was two weeks away from giving birth to my youngest child.  I already had a busy three-year old and an 18 month old.  We had just moved here to Arizona and were still settling into our new house. I had already cooked a turkey dinner for Canadian Thanksgiving in October with our old friends before we moved and then cooked another one in November to christen my new Arizona kitchen.  I was EXHAUSTED and couldn't bear the thought of preparing another big meal.  And so we had pasta.  It was delicious and -- AND -- the world didn't spin off its axis.  Life continued as usual.  Christmas wasn't ruined.  And a semi-tradition was born.

In the following years, I returned to cooking a big, traditional Christmas dinner, but in the days leading up to the Big Day, I always to serve a yummy pasta dinner.  Every single member of my family likes pasta and it's quick and easy to whip up.  When I'm in the middle of my holiday wrapping and baking whirlwind it's nice to have a really easy, super yummy meal that is going to be a hit with everybody. 

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 Barilla Tortellini with Pancetta & Peas

1 pkg, Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3-4 large scallions, chopped
5 oz. cubed pancetta
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. frozen peas
1 C. half and half
1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste

Put a large pot of water on the stove to boil.  Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package and drain.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet.  Add scallions and pancetta and saute over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.  

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Add frozen peas and garlic and saute another 3-4 minutes.  Add half and half and butter.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer 8-10 minutes.  Sauce will thicken up a little.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese before serving.

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Serve sauce over pasta and enjoy!

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This dinner got RAVE reviews from everyone.  I had only ever used frozen tortellini before, but this Barilla Three Cheese Tortellini will be my new go-to pasta.  It was delicious and full of cheesy flavor that complimented this Parmesan cream sauce perfectly.  I made a double batch because I really wanted to have leftovers for lunch the next day.  Turns out there was just a small bowl of pasta left over and I didn't get any of it, but that's OK.  I'll just have to make it again.  Soon.  Very, very soon.  Right now at Safeway you will get $.75 off of ONE package of Barilla® Tortellini with their special in-store promotion.  

So, tell me, would you ever serve pasta for Christmas dinner?  Or have you ever had a holiday meltdown that caused you to break from tradition?  Please tell me I'm not alone!

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This post was sponsored by Barilla.  As usual, all opinions are 100% my own. 

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