Pasta con piselli (pasta with peas)
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I make this with a short hollow pasta like ditalini or bow tie pasta (farfalle). Children love both but very young children can eat ditalini with a spoon which is more manageable.
For vegetarians, leave out the meat. For gluten-free guests, use gluten-free pasta. For dairy-free diners, eliminate the cheese.
Recipe type: First Course (Primo)
Cuisine: Inter-regional
Serves: 4
  1. In a large pot, add 5 litres of water and 50 grams of salt. Bring the water to boil.
  2. Place the olive oil, pancetta and onion into a frying pan and heat over medium heat.
  3. Cook stirring until the fat renders from the pancetta, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the peas and 50 mls of water to the pan and cover. Stir occasionally until the peas are cooked through, about 2 minutes for small peas and up to 5 minutes for larger peas. Remove from the heat and leave uncovered.
  5. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for the time indicated on the package minus one minute. Drain the pasta and add it to the peas, stirring through. Turn the heat on to medium and cook the pasta, stirring for a minute or two. Add a bit of pasta water if dry.
  6. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over, sprinkle on some cheese and serve.
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