Peas and Pancetta with Lemon

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Looking for an easy and delicious dinner idea? Try this recipe for peas and pancetta with lemon. It's perfect for a family meal, and takes just minutes to prepare. Plus, the flavors are amazing! IN FACT - at my Friendsgiving dinner one year, one of my favorite people declared it her favorite thing on the entire menu. So give it a try tonight. You won't be disappointed.

Peas and Pancetta from (@whatsgabycookin)


This Peas and Pancetta dish is embarrassingly easy. So easy that you could absolutely send this to someone in your family and ask them to whip it up if you needed a helping hand. No shame in that game.

Cook off the pancetta and then set aside and do your very best not to eat it all. Leaving the rendered fat from the pancetta, cook off some shallots, red pepper flakes and frozen peas. Add the pancetta back in, top it off with some lemon zest, and done. Easy right? You could make it a few hours ahead of time and then just leave it hanging in the skillet and re-heat it for a minute or two before serving. Peas and Pancetta with Lemon - done and done.

Peas and Pancetta from (@whatsgabycookin)

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So there you have it - a delicious and easy recipe, perfect for a family meal or special occasion. And believe me, your friends and family will be impressed. So give it a try tonight. You won't be disappointed!

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Peas and Pancetta from (@whatsgabycookin)

Peas and Pancetta

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 4 votes
This peas and pancetta situation couldn’t be an easier or more delicious side dish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings


  • ½ pound pancetta cut into small dice
  • 3 shallots halved and thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound fresh peas or frozen peas that you've let thaw
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


  • If using fresh peas, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Blanch the peas for 3-4 minutes and remove. If using frozen peas, skip this first step.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and the fat has rendered. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Add the shallots and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook until soft. Add the peas and lemon juice cook until warmed through. Transfer to a large bowl and top with the crisp pancetta and lemon zest.


I highly recommend serving this with pasta and a protein like chicken.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 194mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. Can I cook everything ahead of time (for a dinner party) and warm the recipe back up just before serving and then add the cooked pancetta on top at the very end? Thanks!

    1. Yes you can but the peas will lose their color if they sit too long. Just FYI- but still totally delish

  2. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious and peas are my least favorite vegetable! I made it following the recipe exactly using fresh peas. I blanched for only one minute leaving the peas somewhat firm but tender. The pancetta made it delicious. I will definitely use this recipe again and will want to use it for potluck sharing as well

  3. Great recipe! At first thought why so much pancetta but it perfect. Great spring side (I used fresh peas) for just about any meat. I served it with pork and will definitely have again. Nice dish for company

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