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Creamy Peas and Pancetta

Creamy Peas and Pancetta look simple, but I assure you, there’s ample flavor intertwined between those crisp, sweet peas and crispy pancetta. The peas are coated in a sweet and salty sherry-infused cream sauce and lots of caramelized shallots. They’re the perfect way to make an easy side dish just a little bit more elevated than your average batch of buttered peas. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword peas and bacon, peas and prosciutto, creamy peas,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 123 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 oz pancetta, from the deli counter and sliced 1/4-inch thick and chopped
  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 lb frozen baby peas, thawed

Instructions

  1. Add chopped pancetta to a large saute pan or skillet. Render the fat from the panetta over a medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cook until the pancetta is brown and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pancetta from the pan. Drain on paper towels. Reserve rendered fat.

  2. Add the sliced shallot to the rendered fat. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Toss the shallots in the fat. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Continue to cook the shallots until they're soft and caramelized, about 7-8 minutes.

  3. Turn the heat up to medium and add sherry to the shallots. Simmer until reduce by half, about 1-2 minutes. Add half and half, remaining salt, sugar and peas. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the half and half is slightly thickened, and peas are hot, about 4-5 minutes Add pancetta back to the peas, stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Peas and Pancetta
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 226mg10%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 487IU10%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.