Peas are a vegetable that freezes really well so you have access to good peas year round. Frozen peas are great for throwing into dishes like soups and stews for some colour and flavour. They are also good by themselves as a quick side dish. I enjoyed this version of peas with pancetta and caramelized shallots. The saltiness of the pancetta pairs well with the sweetness of the peas.
Peas with Pancetta and Shallots
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 2 ounces pancetta (cut into small pieces, or bacon)
- 2 shallots (chopped, or an onion)
- 1 clove garlic (chopped)
- 1 pound peas
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
- parmigiano reggiano to taste (grated, optional)
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the pancetta and shallots and saute until the pancetta is just crispy and the shallots are nice and caramelized, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the peas and saute until warm, about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and mix in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.
- Garnish with parmigiano reggiano.
Those peas look delicious. But what was your main dish, I’m dying to know!
i’m not a huge pea person, but i can see my husband enjoying this dish! the pancetta is a great way to add flavor 🙂
Way to take peas to the next level! Since pancetta recently just became available at my grocery store, I must try this.
Cooking and the City says
looks good & would def get me eating peas, thanks for sharing 🙂
Hi Kevin, how you make these beautiful pictures??? I have anew camera but I’m yet practice!!! but yours are so nice. I love this recipe.xxxGloria
javagirlkt's cookin' says
I’ve been meaning to try this exact recipe, only with spinach instead of peas.
The pancetta, garlic, and shallots are a good base, but you could add almost any veggie to this, spinach, asparagus, green beans….
This looks beautiful, I’m just not a pea person 🙂
Peter M says
Peas a great veg and phooey to anyone who hates them.
Wait until you try fresh Ontario peas Kevin, you’ll love’em more.
Looks good, but hold the bacon for me!
I also keep a bag of frozen peas for a handy ice pack 🙂
Your dish looks yummy, Kevin.
Mmmm, pancetta. Frozen peas have always been my favorite. I could make a meal out of this. It’s lovely. Thanks for that.
Gloria: Thanks for the compliments. I am using a point and shoot camera with flash. I found a “macro” setting on my camera which really helps it take photos of close up things like food. It took me a while to get the hang of taking close up photos. I find it really helps to take a lot of photos. I take about 10-20 photos of each dish. Thats about all the tips that I have so far. I keep meaning to look into things like a dslr camera and lenses, better lighting and post photo editing.
This was really good! I found this recipe through Food Blog Search and borrowed it for dinner, and for my blog; I hope you don’t mind (I gave you all the credit!)