Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wagon Wheel Pasta with Pancetta & Peas for #SundaySupper

This weeks #SundaySupper event is all about Back to School Meals! Summer is just about over, Fall is steadily approaching, and it's time for back to school. I don't have children yet, but I do work at a school, and so I know that this time of year can get crazy!

When I was a kid I remember how hectic weeknights could be for my parents. Taking my sister and I to all sorts of activities, helping with homework, but most importantly trying to get dinner on the table that didn't involve a fast food drive through! The idea behind #SundaySupper is to help bring families Around the Family Table (no matter how busy they are) which is why this weeks #SundaySupper event is so important!

Today I'm sharing with you a twist on one of my favorites from my childhood, Wagon Wheel Pasta with Pancetta & Peas.






This pasta takes just minutes to prepare and is perfect for when you want a delicious meal that's ready in a flash. Have trouble getting your kids to the table? Trust me...once they smell the fragrant aroma of sauteed shallots and pancetta coming from your kitchen, you won't have to call them twice! The wagon wheel-shaped pasta in this recipe is so cute for kids and will leave them wanting seconds! This dish is also perfect to bring as leftovers for lunch.


Ingredients:

1 pound wagon wheel-shaped pasta (or any other fun shape for kids)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces pancetta, finely diced (you can purchase the pancetta at most supermarkets already diced)
2 large or 4 small shallots, chopped
2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until golden and crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pasta, cooked pancetta, petite peas, Parmesan cheese, the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss until coated, adding the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to lossen the sauce. Transfer to bowls and serve.


Recipe Adapted from the Weeknights with Giada cookbook.

My Mother-in-Law recently bought me this cookbook and I absolutely love it! When it first came in the mail I spent hours reading through every recipe and fell in love with all of the quick and easy weeknight meals!

This week we have an amazing line up of recipes so be sure to check out my other #SundaySupper friends!


19 comments:

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen said...

I agree with you, the shallot/pancetta combo is heaven. And the peas add a little extra too! Great and easy recipe!

diabeticFoodie said...

What kid wouldn't love this? Great idea!

Angie Barrett said...

Just saved this! It looks wonderful! I love wagon wheel pasta, it's my favorite kind of pasta haha

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Thanks for stopping by. Your recipe looks yummy!

Renee Dobbs said...

What fun pasta! I have not cooked with wagon wheel and now I will look for it in the store. Pancetta is one of my favorite to go with pasta too.

Lizzy Do said...

YUM! I make a similar recipe, but with cream...I like yours so much better! And the wagon wheels are perfect :) Happy #SundaySupper~

Brandie @ Home Cooking Memories said...

I was just looking at some pancetta last night at the store thinking that it sounded good. I didn't buy it because I didn't have a dinner actually planned yet with it...now I wish I had picked it up. Gonna save this for a future dinner -- my family will love it.

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

Not only would my kids gobble this up, so would I! Of course, I'm a sucker for anything with pancetta in it, so YES! I'll be making this soon.

Anne @ Webicurean said...

This looks so good! You can't go wrong with pancetta and peas--love the subtle salty sweet combo.

Tara said...

I haven't seen wagon wheel pasta forever. Looks so cute and I bet really tasty too!

Laura Hunter said...

I just bought some wagon wheel pasta the other day, it is just so cute and easy for my daughter to pick up. And the fact that you made a pasta with pancetta and peas just makes it all the more perfect. Thanks for sharing.

foodie2074 said...

all of the above lol

Cindys Recipes said...

My grandson loves the wagon wheels! He loves peas too, win,win!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts said...

Love fun shapped pasta! Maybe this way I could get my son to eat peas :)

Nancy @ gottagetbaked said...

The wagon wheels are adorable. And pasta is always my go-to meal when I'm too tired or I get home to late after work. I don't have kids either but I STILL feel exhausted and harried all the time, lol.

Chelsea said...

I don't know what I'll do when I have kids! I'm always so tired after work. I can't even imagine how tired I'll be when I have kids!

Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme said...

My daughter would love this. She is so picky but loves anything pasta. I am going to make this for her tonight. :)

Mama.Mommy.Mom. said...

I love Pancetta and Peas! I think we'll have this for dinner one night this week :) Actually sounds perfect for tomorrow. All I need is the Pancetta.

Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

Amy Kim said...

My kids love this pasta shape! Like bacon, you really can't go wrong with pancetta! Thanks for sharing!

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