Spring Minestrone Pasta with Crispy Bacon

Spring Minestrone Pasta with Crispy Bacon
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  • 4Servings


  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, coarsely chopped (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound short pasta, such as ditalini (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 2 zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil, parsley and mint
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes; reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat and drain the bacon on paper towels.

In a large saucepan, heat the bacon fat over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add 4 cups water and the salt and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is just tender and the liquid is more than halfway absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the beans, zucchini and peas and season with salt and pepper. Return to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are fork-tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan, herbs and lemon peel.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pasta and vegetables to bowls. Top with more parmesan and the reserved bacon.