I remember explicitly, the 7-course Italian dinner we had years ago when we lived/traveled around Europe, just like it was yesterday!
Italian food and its source represents the soul of people dedicated to their land and the sea from where the wonderful aromatic dishes emerge.
They want to feed you...
Homemade ravioli, braciole, garlic, sausages, pane, lasagna, orzo, scampi, tortellini, spaghetti with fresh clams, risotto, and on and on.
Years later, after that delicious Italian meal, we moved to the Chicago area, where Bill and I have devoured many meals at the great Italian restaurant, Al's, in Cicero. I swear it's just like a scene out of "The Godfather" every time we've dined there, always something going on; all about food and family, the people, life.
For icing on the cake, there was an Italian bakery next door. My, my, my! Mamma mia!
This is about as close as I can get to actually being Italian:
The rich flavor of nutty full-bodied Parmesan combined with fettuccine and pancetta is what this recipe is all about…
Just a small amount of crispy pancetta delivers bold flavor into this dish. We loved the combination of sweet green peas, salty pancetta, fresh garlic and Parmesan with the pasta. Just a few ingredients, but each one is essential for the end result.
It’s easy and fast to make ~ it will, without a doubt, be a favorite that will come to your rescue for an enjoyable dinner for family and friends.
After all, who doesn’t like pasta?
Try this the next time you’re thinking about the drive-through or the delivery guy!
Fettuccine, Pancetta and Peas
16 ounces fettuccine
8 ounces pancetta, diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen peas
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup Parmesan, shaved
Salt and seasoned pepper
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
Add pasta and cook until al dente; drain well, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
Meanwhile, sauté pancetta in a large skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat until golden and crisp, about 6 minutes; reserve 1 tablespoon of drippings.
Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
In the same pan, sauté onions until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add peas and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
Stir in Parmesan, pasta and pancetta.
Moisten pasta with some of the reserved pasta water.
Toss to incorporate, season with salt and pepper, if necessary.
Sprinkle Parmesan shavings on top before serving.