Spaghetti with pancetta, peas and Pecorino

    35 min

    A simple pasta dish using store-cupboard staples.

    20 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 (500g) packet spaghetti
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 (70g) packet pancetta, diced
    • 1/2 large onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 (700g) jar passata
    • handful chopped fresh parsley
    • small handful chopped fresh basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 300g (11 oz) frozen garden peas, thawed
    • freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese to serve

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Cook spaghetti according to packet instructions; drain.
    2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté pancetta, onion and garlic until lightly browned. Stir in passata. Season with parsley, basil and black pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in peas and cook until tender.
    3. Toss with pasta until evenly coated. Sprinkle with grated Pecorino to serve.

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    very good, quick easy meal. I did not have turkey bacon on hand so I used very lean center cut bacon. I didn't see the point of using garlic powder and fresh garlic so I used 3 cloves of fresh garlic in place of the garlic powder and added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, I also upped the basil, and added some oregano too. I am not a canned pea person so I used frozen peas and cooked a few minutes longer.  -  03 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Pasta the way it oughta be - fresh tasting and lightly dressed. But...I used fresh, diced, red-ripe tomatoes,no garlic powder, no dried basil. I used bright green, frozen peas, not bothering to cook them. I used regular bacon and found I needed to add some butter to the pasta at the end. I didn't measure anything, just added and tossed till it was delicious and looked right.  -  19 Oct 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this recipe was great, but I did make a few additions to it. I added: 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp cayenne red pepper and 1/4 tsp Coriander. I added all the additional ingredients at the same time as with the garlic and basil. I didn't have fresh basil, so I added 1 tsp of dried basil. Kids loved it.  -  28 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)