We love creamy pasta here !
Okay , I love pasta , creamy sauce or not er except macaroni ....
What's not to love ?!
Shrimp , bacon and cream cheese all in one dish ? ....
What more could I ask for ?
Less calorie sauce , perhaps ?!
Bah ! Humbug ! lol
1 1/2 cups pasta water
1 cup milk
150 grams cream cheese , diced , at room temperature
200 grams shelled shrimp
6 rasher of bacon , cut
1/2 of a medium onion , finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic , finely minced
1 tsp chicken powder
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp brown sugar
some ground black pepper
a handful of cilantro , coarsely chopped
some grated cheese
* Boil pasta according to the package direction . Reserve 1 1/2 cups pasta water .
* In a wok or a large pan , heat some oil then add in the onion ; pan-fry until softens then add in the garlic ; fry until garlic turns lightly brown . Add the bacon , shrimp , some of the chili flakes and a dash of ground black pepper , stir fry until shrimp turns pink ( or light orange ?! ) , transfer in a plate , keep warm .
* In the same pan , with heat turn low , pour in the pasta water , milk and cream cheese , stir with a whisk and blend until smooth and add the chicken powder , the remaining chili flakes , sugar and a dash of black pepper . Let the mixture boil and adjust seasoning ; let simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes , stirring from time to time . Add in the bacon and shrimp mixture , stir and add in the pasta ; mix well to combine , add in the cilantro , give it another good stir . Dish up and serve hot with a sprinkle of grated cheese and some chopped cilantro on top .