Peas & Pancetta

Peas & Pancetta
Peas & Pancetta

 

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...

Notes

vegetarian option: omit 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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
49mg
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
123mg
12%
Choline, total
34mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
49µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
29mg
9%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
266mg
38%
Selenium, Se
30µg
55%
Sodium, Na
545mg
36%
Water
59g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Pea Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Pea Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.