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Fettuccine, Pancetta and Peas


I remember explicitly, the 7-course Italian dinner we had years ago when we lived/traveled around Europe, just like it was yesterday!

Italian food and its source represents the soul of people dedicated to their land and the sea from where the wonderful aromatic dishes emerge.

Italian's have their way with fresh pasta...  Olive oil runs through their veins, they use real Parmesan from the big wheels, their wine flows like the Tiber, they dine on a plethora of courses, they know how to make an authentic tomato sauce, and eating is their national pastime, not sports.  

They want to feed you... 
Homemade ravioli, braciole, garlic, sausages, pane, lasagna, orzo, scampi, tortellini, spaghetti with fresh clams, risotto, and on and on.

Years later, after that delicious Italian meal, we moved to the Chicago area, where Bill and I have devoured many meals at the great Italian restaurant, Al's, in Cicero.  I swear it's just like a scene out of "The Godfather" every time we've dined there, always something going on; all about food and family, the people, life. 

For icing on the cake, there was an Italian bakery next door.  My, my, my!  Mamma mia!



 
This is about as close as I can get to actually being Italian:

The rich flavor of nutty full-bodied Parmesan combined with fettuccine and pancetta is what this recipe is all about… 

Just a small amount of crispy pancetta delivers bold flavor into this dish.  We loved the combination of sweet green peas, salty pancetta, fresh garlic and Parmesan with the pasta.  Just a few ingredients, but each one is essential for the end result.  




It’s easy and fast to make ~ it will, without a doubt, be a favorite that will come to your rescue for an enjoyable dinner for family and friends.  

After all, who doesn’t like pasta?  

Try this the next time you’re thinking about the drive-through or the delivery guy!


Fettuccine, Pancetta and Peas

Ingredients:

16 ounces fettuccine
8 ounces pancetta, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen peas
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup Parmesan, shaved
Salt and seasoned pepper

Method:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add pasta and cook until al dente; drain well, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
Meanwhile, sauté pancetta in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat until golden and crisp, about 6 minutes; reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings.
Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. 
In the same pan, sauté onions until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add peas and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
Stir in Parmesan, pasta and pancetta.
Moisten pasta with some of the reserved pasta water.
Toss to incorporate, season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
Sprinkle Parmesan shavings on top before serving.
Printable recipe


Buon appetito!


Comments

  1. Looks very good Pam and now I'm off to check out Al's

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    1. Thanks, Larry! Good food at Al's!

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  2. Pam... Simple is good! This is a perfect dish in every way. Lots of flavor and different textures. Comfort food for sure! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! This is great comfort food, we love it! Glad you like it too!

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  3. Very flavoursome and delicious! I surely can't resist the combo of pancetta and Italian hard cheese.

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    1. Yes, Angie! Great combo, they were made with each other. Thanks!

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  4. All this, and a bakery next door? Oh my yum.

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    1. Hi Ivy! Yes, a great busy bakery! Mmmm!

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  5. I like what and how you write about italians. Beautifully put, and so true!
    You and your husband seem to be people who understand and enjoy good food, and italian food is like that - good and enjoyable.

    Your combo of parmesan, fettucino, and pancetta sounds simple, and looks divine.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! We do enjoy good food! :-) Take care

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  6. This pasta dish looks delicious! I love peas in my pasta a lot.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Peas are great with pasta! Have a good day!

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  7. I just had pasta last night though I don't eat it as much as when my kids were at home. Totally think I should be Italian! This looks great Pam!

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    1. Same here, Abbe! Thanks for the visit!

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  8. This is a classic combination - perfection.

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    1. Thanks, Cakelaw! I like it too!

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  9. A delicious family meal and a crowd pleaser for sure!

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    1. Thanks, Katerina! It's a great thing, most folks seem to like pasta dishes.

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  10. Love this combination. Reminds me of carbonara.

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    1. Hi Debra! Yes, carbonara is another great one! Thanks!

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  11. I certainly like pasta! And can't get enough of it. This is such a classic combo of ingredients, exceptionally well put together. Really good dish! Thanks so much.

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    1. Classic and good, John! Glad you like it. Thanks, and take care

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  12. That is too funny, I just spent my lunch hour looking at a real basic solid Italian cookbook just now and this was in the book, minus the peas. Looks really delicious Pam.

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    1. Ha! Funny thing, Evelyne! Bet it was a good cookbook! Thanks!

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  13. Simple and delicious! That's exactly the way I found most dishes in Italy. Even the fruit tasted better there!! Love your pasta.

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    1. Hi Liz! Yes, everything was better there. Have a great day!

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  14. I love a great food experience and would love to visit Italy. My dream is to have some old Italian woman teach me to make pasta :) Food is the universal language! This dish looks fantastic - and I know we would enjoy it. LOVE your stories :)

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    1. Hi Tricia! We have the same dream. 😊 Wouldn't that be great! Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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  15. We have some very good Italian restaurants in the Milwaukee area also. Joe Bartolotta's Ristortante Bartolotta is one of them where they have the my favorite pasta dishes. Would love to try Al's one day too. Love this simple but so flavorful dish, Pam!

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    1. Hi Susan! Yes, I've heard how good the restaurant is and I know Milwaukee has a lot of good ones. Thanks for stopping by and have a good holiday weekend!

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  16. Dear Pam, I love your take on the Italians. You brought me to tears since you described it perfectly. I grew up in an Italian home and it is all about food. Food it an expression of love and don't forget music and singing. How beautiful that you lived in Europe and got to experience the culture first hand. That is a blessing of beautiful memories.
    I do wish you lived next door. I would simply love it!
    This dish is delicious and much, much better than any drive through or take out for certain. Love and have a beautiful weekend. xo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Music is very important too! We had an Italian neighbor in Louisville who always cooked up a storm and a pot of sauce or something was always on the stove while her classical music played. Your recipes and all remind me of her. Glad you enjoyed the post. Take care and have a marvelous weekend. Hugs

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  17. Love this dish Pam, probably one of my favorites. who could resist pancetta, peas and cheese? Have a wonderful Memorial week-end!

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  18. simple, straightforward, delicious ingredients make for an awesome and memorable meal!! i think peas always belong in pasta dishes. :)

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