Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta


  • Prep Time4 mins
  • Total Time22 mins
  • Makes2 to 4 Servings
Pasta Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson


  • 2 tbsp garlic flavoured oil

  • 170 g cubed pancetta

  • 1 1/4 cups frozen peas, (petite pois)

  • 226 g orzo pasta

  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water

  • salt, to taste

  • 1 tbsp soft butter

  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan

  • black pepper, to taste


  • Warm the oil in a heavy pan that will take everything later; a Dutch oven or saucepan of 10 in. in diameter should be plenty big enough.

  • Add the pancetta and cook, stirring, until it becomes crisp and bronzed, then add the peas and stir for a minute or so until the frozen look leaves them.

  • Add the pasta and turn it about in the pancetta and peas, then pour in the boiling water.

  • Add salt (cautiously, especially if this is for children – the pancetta is salty, as is the Parmesan later); then turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 min, though check on it a couple times and give a stir or two to stop it from sticking and to see if you need to add a little more water from the kettle.

  • When it’s ready, the pasta should be soft and starchy and the water absorbed. Beat the butter and Parmesan into the pan, check the seasoning and serve immediately into warm bowls.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 934, Protein 38g, Carbohydrates 96g, Fat 44g, Fibre 9g, Sodium 1302mg.

This article was originally published on Mar 01, 2018

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