"Light meal, ideal for summer, full of delicious pancetta flavor and the clean, green taste of peas."


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  • 1 (9 ounce) package fresh meat-filled tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (4 ounce) package finely chopped pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh green peas
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
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    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini in the boiling water until tender yet firm to the bite, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
    2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta and saute until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Ladle in the reserved pasta water; simmer for about 1 minute. Add tomato puree and continue to simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes.
    3. Add cream; simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tortellini and peas, tossing to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and serve immediately.


    • Cook’s Notes:
    • Finely chopped prosciutto may be substituted for the pancetta, if desired.
    • You may substitute frozen peas for the fresh peas; just thaw and cook before adding to the sauce.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 366 calories;25.5 g fat;17.8 g carbohydrates;15.7 g protein;114 mg cholesterol;473 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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