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Pasta with Pancetta and Peas

Posted on: June 23, 2010

I normally am not a fan of trying a recipe for the first time when company is expected.  However, I did try a new recipe today because it sounded delicious and I wanted to try it right away.  It’s a recipe for pasta with pancetta, peas and fresh herbs, but I had to tweak it a little because I didn’t have any fresh herbs.  Here is my version…the original version can be found here:  http://ca.delish.com/recipefinder/orecchiette-pancetta-peas-fresh-herbs-recipe

  • 1 pound(s) pasta (I used fucilli) 
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounce(s) thickly sliced pancetta, finely diced
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 1/4 of a red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup(s) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup(s) freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoon(s) dried basil
  • 2 teaspoon(s) dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoon(s) dried thyme
    1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
    2. Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet. Add the pancetta and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and onions and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the peas and toss to coat. Add the reserved pasta water and the cheese. Season generously with pepper and dried herbs and cook over moderately high heat until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Stir into pasta and serve immediately.

    The best part is, this takes about 30 minutes from start of ingredient prep to table.  This recipe makes up to 6 main course servings, depending on how much you eat…hubby doesn’t eat salad, which is what I served with it, so he had an extra large portion.


    2 Responses to "Pasta with Pancetta and Peas"

    question, as I discovered a while ago, i’m not the hugest fan of pancetta. is bacon an acceptable substitute for the above?

    yup, sure is…pancetta is leaner than bacon, so it doesn’t cook down as far as bacon…you’d probably have to add a bit more bacon to end up with the same volume at the end

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