Creamy Pesto Pancetta, Peas and Mushrooms with Spirali Pasta

Creamy pesto pancetta pasta

The beauty of this tasty pasta dish is that you can rustle it up in less than 15 minutes. There’s no real preparation to do yet the finished result will not disappoint. The salty pancetta packs a real punch with the creamy pesto sauce, whilst the peas bring a real freshness to the plate.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

200g spirali pasta
100g cubetti di pancetta
150g frozen petit pois
120g mushrooms (chopped in quarter slices)
6 tablespoons double cream
4 tablespoons basil pesto
Black pepper


1. In a large pan of salted boiling water cook the pasta until al dente.

2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan sauté the pancetta on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, there’s no need for any oil.

3. Just as the pancetta starts to crisp add the peas and mushrooms, give everything a real good stir. Cook on the heat or 5 minutes so the peas and mushrooms are cooked.

4. Add the pesto and double cream to the pan with a grinding of black pepper. Stir everything together and heat through.

5. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, stir through on the heat. Serve immediately.

I like to eat mine with a salad and if you’re really peckish some garlic bread too is lovely.

So if you’re in need of a quick pasta dinner, why not have a go at making this. Do you have a speedy pasta recipe? I would love to hear about it, let me know by leaving your comments in the box below.

Until next time.


I’m entering this recipe into the Family Foodies challenge organised by Eat Your Veg and Bangers & Mash. This month’s challenge Fab Fast Food is hosted by Vanesther from Bangers & Mash.

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32 thoughts on “Creamy Pesto Pancetta, Peas and Mushrooms with Spirali Pasta

  1. Mel says:

    Nice and quick recipe again, thanks for sharing, Julie! I usually make pasta once or twice a week, ad it is nice to get ideas to vary what goes with them. x Mel

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Mel, you’ve probably guessed that I cook lots of pasta and I’m always trying out something new. The good thing about this pasta dish is that it’s so quick. x

  2. Sneaky Veg says:

    Your recipes always looks great Julie and this is no exception. Not one for me (being veggie) but I know the kids, especially my meat-loving son, would love this. #recipeoftheweek

  3. Emily @amummytoo says:

    So pretty and I think the kids would love this too! Thank you for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. It’s always appreciated 🙂 I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a new linky just gone live – would love you to join in x

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