Pasta with Buttered Sour Cream and Bacon

Sometimes when you are contemplating the inside of your refrigerator wondering what to make for supper, wonderful things can happen.  This was the case when I was contemplating the inside of my own fridge, gazing at the remains of a container of sour cream, the last couple of scallions in the bunch, a stick of butter and of course, the package of bacon that is always in there.  What happened next was pasta with a buttered sour cream and bacon sauce that is going into permanent rotation in our house!

As the idea was forming in my head, I also realized I had a burning desire to use some of the poppy seeds I discovered in my spice cabinet (now a glorious spice drawer) when we were redoing the kitchen, so they went into the mix as well.  And as offbeat as this combo sounds…it WORKED.  Sweet butter, salty bacon, tangy sour cream, a little bite courtesy of the scallions, and the I-don’t-know-quite-how-to-describe-it taste of the poppy seeds.  I used campagnelle pasta because I wanted the nice round shape to grab every drop of that sauce, but penne or ziti will work just as well.

Make sure your sour cream and your butter are at room temperature, and cook up your bacon until it is crispy.  Cook the pasta and drain it, and then put it right back into the hot pasta pot.  Now stir in the butter and the sour cream both at the same time until they are all melted and mixed together with your pasta.  Stir in the bacon, scallions and poppy seeds…and that’s it!  That’s all there is to it.

I dished mine into warmed plates, and for the next little while the only sound in our house was “Mmmmmmmm.”  Creamy, dreamy, tangy pasta deliciousness.  Which among other things just goes to show that all that time we’ve spent gazing into fridges does eventually pay off in the end!


Pasta with Buttered Sour Cream and Bacon Sauce

Serves: 3-4 servings

  • 8 ounces short pasta (penne, ziti, etc)
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped and cooked until crispy
  • ½ stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Return to the hot pasta pot.
  2. Put the pot on the lowest heat setting on your stove and stir in butter and sour cream. Stir until both are melted and combined into the pasta.
  3. Stir in scallions, poppy seeds and cooked bacon.
  4. Serve at once on warmed plates.



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  1. Karen Nelson says:

    Sounds Delish!! I just know you are having the best time cooking and baking in your new kitchen!
    Happiest of Holiday times to you and the fam!!:-)

  2. Bacon is king! This looks awesome. (And how DO you describe poppyseeds?)

  3. Sometimes the contents of the refrigerator can be so serendipitous. Love how random yet awesome this is!

  4. YUM! Can’t wait to try this. Pinned!!

  5. I added some sone dried tomatoes to this and it was amazing! Added just the right amount of zing to an already awesome dish! MANY Thanks!


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