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Pasta With Peas And Bacon: Easy And Fast Italian Recipe!

Pasta with peas and bacon is an Italian recipe, quick to prepare, but really delicious.

The special thing about this dish that I love, is that it’s all cooked in one pot!

The pasta is cooked directly in the sauce like a risotto, just like Pasta e fagioli and Pasta e patate; this step makes the pasta and

peas creamy, incredibly tasty, perfectly seasoned and delicious!

In short, the best pasta and peas in the world!

pasta with peas and bacon

Peas are a springtime legume.

In fact, when they are in season, I always prepare this pasta with fresh peas. And then in other seasons I use frozen ones, which are just as good.

Aside from being sweet and super delicious, peas also have some great health properties.

Peas: Health Benefits

pasta with peas and bacon
  • They have diuretic properties.
  • They lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • Counteract constipation and detoxify.
  • They are very digestible.
  • They prevent diabetes.
  • Useful in pregnancy.
  • They are allies of heart and circulation.
  • They help the immune system.
  • Alleviate menopausal disorders.

As for minerals and vitamins, raw peas provide ( for 100g):

  • Potassium 193 mgPhosphorus 97 mg
  • Calcium 45 mg
  • Iron 1,7 mg
  • Vitamin C 32 mg
  • Vitamin B1 0,2 mg
  • Vitamin B2 0,08 mg
  • Vitamin B3 2,6 mg
  • Vitamin A 64 g

Among legumes, peas are the least caloric ones, in fact they have only 52 kcal for every 100 grams of fresh product.

Moreover they are low in fats and therefore recommended to those who follow a diet aimed at weight loss as well as general wellness.

After we’ve talked a bit about the properties of peas, let’s move on to our recipe.

Pasta with peas and bacon, a recipe that will enhance the flavor of this tasty legume.

Pasta With Peas & Bacon Recipe

Pasta with peas and bacon is a classic poor man’s dish of the Italian culinary tradition that in this variant is enriched with bacon and flavored with a light chopped onion.

In this recipe we use chopped spaghetti. My mom always prepared it with spaghetti and I continue to prepare it this way, but if you prefer another type of pasta, feel free to choose the one you prefer.

I always recommend using short cut pasta.

Also if you want to prepare a vegetarian dish you can omit the bacon, the recipe remains delicious thanks to the sweetness of peas.

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Pasta with peas and bacon

Pasta peas and bacon recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Pasta with peas and bacon is quick to prepare, but really delicious.


  • 150g Of cut spaghetti (or short pasta at your pleasure)
  • 200g Of peas
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Basil leaves
  • 1l Of vegetable broth
  • 100g Bacon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil


    1. Finely chop the onion and place it in a pot with some extra virgin olive oil. Turn on the heat, stir and let it brown slowly, then add the smoked bacon and cook it enough to melt some of the fat but it should not toast.
    2. Add peas, a few basil leaves, season with salt and pepper to taste and let stir-fry over medium heat for 3 minutes.
    3. At this point, add about 3 cups of vegetable broth.
    4. The broth should cover the peas entirely. Let it come to a boil.
    5. Let the peas cook for about 15-20 minutes, add more broth if needed.
    6. At this point you can add the pasta, adjust the salt (if needed) and cook according to the cooking time indicated on the package.
    7. At the end of the cooking time the water will have been absorbed, however it is a good idea to keep more hot broth on hand and add a little at a time if you find that it dries out too much.
    8. Add 1 drizzle of olive oil towards the end of cooking, salt, pepper.
    9. The pasta and peas should not be too watery!
    10. If you like, you can add 2 tablespoons of pecorino or grana cheese, stir off the heat, however it will be delicious even without cheese!


Note: the cooking time of the peas may vary depending on the type of peas you choose (fresh or frozen), so don't hesitate to extend the cooking time if you need to.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1203mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 14g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Monday 14th of March 2022

Could you please convert all the ingredients in the original recipe to U. S. measurements. Thank you


Monday 14th of March 2022

I Donna :) sure! 1 cup Of cut spaghetti (or short pasta at your pleasure) 1 cup and 1/2 Of peas 1 Union 4 Basil leaves 4 cups Of vegetable broth 1 cup of bacon Salt & pepper to taste 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil


Sunday 13th of March 2022

I want to make this for a lb of pasta. What are the measurements for 1 lb of pasta using US measurements.

The Bella Vita

Sunday 13th of March 2022

Hi Terese. 3 cups + 2 full tablespoons of green peas. 1 onion 4 Basil leaves 4 cup Of vegetable broth 2 Cup of bacon Salt & pepper to taste 3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Patrick Meausette

Sunday 13th of March 2022

Fresh peas are great but canned beans are amazing and often overlooked, especially the super small ones. I learned about using canned peas in Milano staying with friends. They use them all the time there, canned, frozen or fresh (actually "alla milanese" can mean "with peas" and it is used with scallopine, chicken pasta etc).

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