Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta

We are delighting in the vegetables that are in season, and what better way to show that Spring has really arrived than tossing up fresh seasonal vegetables in this quick and easy pasta dish.

Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta
Serves 4
Recipe from Bon Appetit

12 ounces fettuccine or penne
3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
1-1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.  Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain.  Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skilet.  Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saute 3 minutes.  Add peas, white and pale green parts of the green onions, and garlic; saute until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta.  Toss,
adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Transfer to large bowl.  Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil.

Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese.

46 thoughts on “Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta

  1. Looks like you've got a BIG BOWL of pasta there….you sure you don't need any help eating it all? It sounds like an amazing dish, Velva!


  2. Lol we had snow yesterday…tis the season for melting icicles haha. Great lookin Pasta Velva!!! My garden is sprouted…just need some sunny days..


  3. Sounds and looks good, I am ready to get home and start cooking again. We had a great meal at 'The Tasting Room' in St Augustine, as well as at this local Florida place 'Tomatoes On A Vine', great Lemon Drop Martini's. I highly recommend it! :)I am getting a new camera, like you pro's use!


  4. Velva, this has all the ingredients that we like. It's going into my \”cyber file\”. Thanks so much. By the way, every time I see your tomato photo, I start dreaming of when local tomatoes will be on our table–not until mid-June alas!Best,Bonnie


  5. Oh Velva, I'm so hungry right now and pancetta is my flexitarian weakness-I love it! This looks so good with the two types of greens with pasta and pancetta. That's it! I'm going to the Italian Market near my house to have some…


  6. Velva-thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Lovely site you have here and I am envious of your pretty dishes so colourful:-) just like the meal


  7. velva, this is just beautiful. i love the green of the veggies contrasting with the brown of the pig. this is truly a quintessential spring dish and i'd enjoy it VERY much!


  8. This'll work! Vanja refuses to eat his veggies unless raw in a salad – and then he is very picky. But, lately, I have discovered he LOVES asparagus wrapped in Serano, and roasted. SO, it seems, veggies with pig is his requirement. I am so going to try this one on him… as I love peas and asparagus!:)Valerie


  9. Oh, a splendid spring dish to be sure, Velva!! I've been so stuck on prosciutto lately that I clean forgot about pancetta! You've inspired me to start experimenting with pasta again. 🙂


  10. Did I ever tell you how fabulous the tres leches was? Incredable! Now today, I am craving pasta and what do I see but what appears to be another winner. I am going to get quite fat if I continue to follow your blog.


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