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Peas and Pancetta

  • Veg
  • 20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



Peas and Pancetta is an Italian side dish that is simple and extremely easy to make, and is widely popular among food lovers for its exquisite flavor.

Peas and Pancetta are usually deemed as the essential part of the Thanksgiving meal.

Here is a really simple recipe for peas and pancetta that can be exceedingly beneficial for the ones who are learning how to cook. Paired with onions and cream, this recipe can be a delicious addition to your pasta dishes.

Health Benefits

With 189 calories per serving, peas and pancetta can be a healthy dish for your meal. The dish is rich in minerals and can be a good source of fiber, vitamin, protein, and potassium. If you are planning to lose weight yet want something full of flavors in your meal, peas and pancetta is the dish for you as it is low in fat but rich in other nutrients.

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How to Make Peas and Pancetta

  1. In a 10-inch sauté pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil on low to medium heat and add the pancetta and shallot.
  2. Cook pancetta and shallot for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring only occasionally.
  3. Once the pancetta is brown in color and shallot is tender, add the frozen peas to the pan.
  4. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.
  5. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on medium to low heat until the peas have turned hot.
  6. Stir in the mint and add more seasoning according to taste requirement.
  7. Serve while hot.
  8. Butter can be used instead of oil.


  • The earliest remains found of peas by the archaeologist are from the Thai-Burmese border and have been carbon-dated to 9,750 B.C.
  • The sweet tasting pea was first grown in the 18th century by Thomas Edward Knight.
  • Pancetta is an Italian pork-belly bacon that is cured with salt and spices but not smoked.

Peas and pancetta can be eaten as a standalone dish, and can also be used as dressing for pasta and rice based dishes.

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