Peas with Pancetta and Parmesan

by Shawnda on April 24, 2010

in Sides,Veggies & Starches

Peas with Pancetta and Parmesan

How do you get a pea hater to give the little green beans another shot? Add bacon. Italian bacon. And a little cheese never hurts, either. Because guacamole shouldn’t be the only green food that a person eats.

Peas with Pancetta and Parmesan

Peas with Pancetta and Parmesan

Peas with parmesan and crispy pancetta.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 rounds of Pancetta, deli sliced #2, diced
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 12oz bag of frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in saucepan over high heat.
  2. Cook pancetta until crispy, and then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon.
  3. Add onion to saucepan and cook until clear and just browning around the edges.
  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 minutes.
  5. Add peas to pan and heat through.
  6. Add pancetta, stir, and remove from heat.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste. Top with Parmesan and serve.


Yields: 4-6 servings

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Estimated time: 10 minutes


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa April 25, 2010 at 2:47 am

I love peas! That is a healthy and very delicious dish!




2 Melanie April 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Hilarious! Cheese and bacon are always a winning combination in our house too : )


3 Amanda April 25, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Yum! I, for one, love green peas! But I have to agree that it doesn’t quite beat guacamole. :)


4 Melissa April 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

My husband always jokes about me putting parm on EVERYTHING! But, I’ve never put it on peas…hmmmm…I think I know what one of my sides will be this week.


5 joanne April 25, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Ah yes. My motto – when in doubt, add bacon. these look so yummy!


6 Sylvie April 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

I adore peas and this looks like a brilliant way to have them.


7 Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams April 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Simple and delicious. I make peas similar to this but without ppnacette. I will add it next time.


8 Sharon April 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Great recipe. Love the bacon/parm/pea combo. So true about Bacon everything is better with bacon!!


9 Ann May 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

The frosting on the cupcakes is so pretty. How did you pipe it on? Did you use a special tip?


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