Peas and pancetta in a white bowl.

Peas and Pancetta

Peas and Pancetta is a simple side dish that adds a touch of elegance to your dinner table. This delicious side dish can be made ahead and reheated right before serving.
Course Side
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pancetta, Peas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalie


  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 shallot halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ pound pancetta sliced thin then diced
  • ¼ cup orange juice or 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of Kosher salt if needed


  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the pancetta until browned and crispy.
  • This takes about 3 - 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta from the skillet and set it aside in a bowl.
  • Add the shallot and cook until softened and starting to brown - about 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the orange juice. It will bubble and mostly evaporate but the flavor will already be added. If using frozen orange juice concentrate, just stir in until it melts. It’s already concentrated eliminating the need to evaporate the liquid. Just mix it in.
  • Add the peas and cook for 3 - 5 minutes until peas are warm. Taste for seasoning. The pancetta is a little salty, but season with a pinch of salt if you wish.