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Peas and Pancetta

A delicious, classic British side dish to any grilled meat.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword peas and pancetta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Amanda


  • 2 pounds frozen peas
  • 4 ounces diced Pancetta
  • 1 cup freshly made breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parsley


  1. Steam frozen peas until tender (undercook them if you are reheating the dish prior to serving).
  2. Put chopped pancetta in skillet and cook until fat has rendered and pancetta is crisp.
  3. Move pancetta to paper to drain, but keep fat in skillet.
  4. Add breadcrumbs to fat. The breadcrumbs will absorb the fat very quickly, but keep stirring and turning the breadcrumbs for at least 5 minutes. You want the breadcrumbs to be nicely toasted and brown. If you need to add more fat, this is when you would add the olive oil.
  5. Add the pancetta to the breadcrumbs and add salt and pepper to taste. The pancetta is very salty, but you will need to add quite a bit of pepper. This is the only seasoning for the peas.
  6. Stir the pancetta/breadcrumb mixture into the peas and pour into your serving dish.
  7. Finely chop parsley and stir through.