Peas & Pancetta

Peas & Pancetta


  • 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...


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.


vegetarian option: omit pancetta


Calories per serving:

264 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber 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:



  • Fat 74g 114%
  • Carbs 65g 22%
  • Saturated 19g 96%
  • Fiber 21g 85%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 25g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 11g
  • Protein 36g 71%
  • Cholesterol 75mg 25%
  • Sodium 800mg 33%
  • Calcium 192mg 19%
  • Magnesium 165mg 41%
  • Potassium 1,554mg 44%
  • Iron 9mg 50%
  • Zinc 6mg 42%
  • Phosphorus 598mg 85%
  • Vitamin A 337µg 37%
  • Vitamin C 204mg 341%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 88%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 36%
  • Niacin (B3) 13mg 63%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 55%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 305µg 76%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 9%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 27%
  • Vitamin K 798µg 998%
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