Orecchiette with Peas and Pancetta
- 250 g orecchiette
- 150 g pancetta or bacon
- 1 small onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/3 cup white wine (preferably dry)
- 1/2 cup 35% cream
- 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen but rinsed and drained)
- Bring 3 liters of water to the boil in big pot.
- Peel and finely chop onion.
- Peel and crush garlic.
- Cut pancetta (or bacon) into fine stripes.
- Heat a pan over medium heat.
- Add pasta to boiling water and cook as instructed on the package (Make sure not to overcook. Keep and eye on it and keep testing).
- Add pancetta (or bacon) to pan and fry for about 1 minute for it to release some fat, add chopped onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.
- Add whine and wait for it to evaporate to about half the amount.
- Add cream and peas, bring to the boil while stirring. Once boiling remove from heat immediately and keep stirring for another minute or two.
- Drain pasta and add to sauce in pan. Stir to mix well and serve steaming hot.
I don’t know what to write. Ha! One of the many reasons I decided to post three times a week is to practice my writing skills as well. I’ve still got a lot to learn and what better way is there to improve than by practicing, practicing, practicing right? However, I’ve been sitting here staring at my white screen for like, what? 20 minutes now? And I simply have a BLANK mind……Last night I went to bed at 2 a.m. and today (Tuesday) was the first day of school so we had to be up by 7 to be ready to leave the house by 7:45 (which by the way happens like…NEVER! But that’s a whole other story) and well….I’m tired. My mind can’t produce much anymore tonight I think, but I just can’t not tell you about these Orecchiette with Peas and Pancetta! It would be a mortal sin to keep the recipe to myself. It was Delicious with a capital D! It was belly-warming, light, fresh, creamy and eye-pleasing at the same time. Orecchiette are just the cutest pasta out there ever. And the peas roll into them so beautifully they look like green pearls in their shell.
White wine, cream and pancetta or in lack thereof bacon make pretty much everything taste delicious but all three combined together make this dish an explosion of delicate tastes. I made this quite early in the morning so I could snap some nice pictures with the morning sun that comes in through my dining room windows and we were supposed to have this for lunch. It never made it to lunch time. I tried it, gave a bite to my husband to try, the kids asked for one and that was the end of the life of Orecchiette with Peas and Pancetta. It was attacked by four forks in the hands of four greedy eaters and in no time at all everything was GONE. All this right after having breakfast. How’s that for a successful recipe?
What’s the best part of the recipe? It is whipped up in less than 25 minutes and makes an extraordinary busy workday dinner or a nice date night dinner with little time to invest in cooking and little dishes and thus more time for “other” things ;)
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