smoked gouda whole wheat pasta

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most of the time these days, I make super healthy tasty things, but sometimes I use butter and whole milk in a pasta sauce because its what I'm craving. this is one of those times. if you are looking for healthiness, don't read any further because the only nutritional value in this is maybe the whole wheat pasta. and the peas? its more of a comfort food than a healthy food. but hey, if you eat it with a salad, you'll be set!

anyways! here's what you will need:

whole wheat pasta

1/4 cup butter

1 cup whole milk

salt and pepper

minced garlic (three-four cloves)

1/4 cup smoked gouda cheese, shredded (you will most likely have to shred it yourself, I have never seen it come already shredded)

peas

bacon (cooked ahead of time)

could also add asparagus! yum

what to do:

cook the pasta til its done, you know how that goes! melt butter in a saucepan with minced garlic, cook til melted. add whole milk and salt and pepper, cover and let simmer while stirring every once in a while. add smoked gouda and stir til melted. (this should thicken up the sauce but if its still pretty thin after cheese is added, this is where you would sprinkle in some flour and whisk it in.) add peas and bacon and cook on low for 2-3 more minutes, stirring every once in a while. pour over the pasta, spring some cheese on top, and you are good to go! hope you love it!

cheers!

han