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Creamy Pasta with Pancetta and Peas

A delicious and quick recipe for creamy pasta with pancetta and peas that is ready in under 20 minutes!
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta with pancetta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka

Ingredients

  • 125g/4oz pancetta or good quality bacon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lbs short pasta
  • salt
  • 350ml/1 1/2 cups double/heavy cream
  • 50g/1/2cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped
  • 80g/1/2 cup peas frozen or fresh
  • pepper

Instructions

  • Set the pasta cooking in a large pot of salted water according to package directions. 
  • Meanwhile cook the pancetta in a frying pan with one whole clove of garlic until the pancetta renders fat, then discard the garlic. (Drain excess fat if using fatty bacon or pancetta.)
    Add half the mint, cream and Parmesan cheese and heat the cream gently over low heat until the cheese is melted, add the frozen peas and cook for 1 minute longer. Add salt to taste and take it off the heat. 
  • Drain the cooked pasta while reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Add the pasta to the pan with the sauce, add the other half of the mint. 
    Toss the pasta in the sauce until well coated, add a splash of reserved water if the sauce is too dry.
    Add more salt and pepper to taste. 

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