Peas & Pancetta

Peas & Pancetta

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces  fresh shelled sweet peas, rinsed
  • 4 ounces  pancetta, bacon or guanciale, cured pig’s cheek (omit if vegetarian)
  • small onion, sliced
  • 1-2  cloves garlic
  • 2-3  cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon  red wine vinegar
  • small bunch  parsley, chopped
  •   salt & pepper
  •   extra virgin olive oil

 

Sweet peas have arrived at the farmers market, spring is here! Peas & pancetta - one of my favorite dishes that I only eat in Spring when the peas are bright & fresh.   I can't get enough, I don't know if it's the peas or the pancetta - is it the green veggie or the fatty pork that I love so?! Maybe I should just have another spoonful...

Directions

serves 4

Bring a medium pot up to boil. In the meantime, in a medium skillet on medium-low heat, slowly render down the pancetta for 4-5 minutes, trying not to brown it and not crispy. If it starts to brown remove the pan from the heat or lower the flame.

Next add garlic & onion, sauté for 5-6 minutes.
(Vegetarian Note: Just omit the the pancetta & sauté the onions & garlic in olive oil.)
When the onions & garlic are about 2 minutes from being ready, add the tomatoes.

At the same time toss the peas in the water and blanch for 2-3 minutes. You want them approximately half-cooked. Strain the peas and throw them directly into the pan with the pancetta adding a spoonful of the pea-water. Allow to cook until peas are cooked but still have a bite.

Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper.
Just before you serve, toss in the herbs and drizzle with good extra virgin olive oil.

Notes

vegetarian option: omit pancetta

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

264 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

13%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 18g 28%
  • Carbs 16g 5%
  • Saturated 5g 24%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 9g 18%
  • Cholesterol 19mg 6%
  • Sodium 200mg 8%
  • Calcium 48mg 5%
  • Magnesium 41mg 10%
  • Potassium 389mg 11%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 2mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 150mg 21%
  • Vitamin A 84µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 51mg 85%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 22%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 14%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 76µg 19%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 200µg 249%
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