Creamy Peas and Pancetta

"This is a very quick and tasty side dish to make that will go down well with the whole family. I love fresh peas just boiled in some water and served with a little butter and mint, but my son is not as keen, so I came up with this so he would eat them and enjoy them. You can make this with frozen or fresh peas just make sure you cook the peas first if fresh."
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 pancetta, rashers chopped finely
  • 2 cups cream (I use a half fat cream, can use full fat or double cream)
  • 12 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups cooked fresh peas (can use frozen, you can add them straight into the cream without cooking.)
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • mint, sprinkle with some chopped fresh mint (optional)


  • Melt butter in a pan, add onion, garlic and bacon, cook until onion is soft and bacon cooked.
  • In a saucepan add cream, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, to reduce slightly, Approx 4-5 Min's.
  • Add onion garlic mix, cheese and peas, stir to heat through and melt cheese, approx 3-4 Min's. If using frozen peas cook a little longer.
  • Add cayenne and season with salt and pepper if desired, cook for a further minute or two, until nice and hot and thickened slighlty.
  • Serve sprinkled with fresh mint.

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  1. lauralie41
    DH loves peas, ham, and fettucini alfredo sauce so knew he would love this. I did use frozen peas and did not add the mint or the cayenne because he isnt to fond of them. He asked me to make this again for him soon! Made and reviewed for the Australia/NewZealand Forum's Recipe Swap #42.
  2. SouthernFriedMama
    Made this for my kids. They didn't like BUT DH and I devoured it. Left out the mint (didn't have any). I also left out the cayenne with the hopes my kids were going to eat it.
  3. Sydney Mike
    Nothing like a fast-&-easy AND tasty side like this one! Made this just as written, although I'm not a big fan of mint so sprinkled some just for my other half to enjoy! A most satisfying way to prepare this great veggie! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my group mates in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #30]
  4. Karen Elizabeth
    Oh my, I loved this, and I'm NOT going to think about my hips..... :lol: So simple but rich and with buckets of flavour, I was so grateful that the family didn't quite finish off the dish, so I could finish it off myself in the kitchen!!! I love peas at the best of times and this is the Very best of times! I could eat this every night. I did use bacon, we don't really get pancetta here, so I used around 125 gr chopped bacon. Excellent... yum! Made for Aus/NZ swap#30


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