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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)
  • 1 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
Servings4
Calories Per Serving209
Total Fat13g19%
Sugar6gN/A
Saturated4g20%
Cholesterol21mg7%
Protein9g18%
Carbs15g5%
Vitamin A84µg9%
Vitamin B120.2µg2.9%
Vitamin B60.3mg13.8%
Vitamin C52mg87%
Vitamin E0.6mg3.2%
Vitamin K208µg100%
Calcium50mg5%
Fiber5g21%
Folate (food)78µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)78µg20%
Iron2mg13%
Magnesium41mg10%
Monounsaturated6gN/A
Niacin (B3)3mg15%
Phosphorus152mg22%
Polyunsaturated1gN/A
Potassium395mg11%
Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg11.2%
Sodium369mg15%
Thiamin (B1)0.4mg27.9%
Zinc2mg11%