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Pancetta and Sweet Pea Orecchiette Pasta with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 20 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 25 mins
  • yield Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • category Category: Pasta, Kid-Friendly, Easy Dinner Recipes, Pork



  • 1 lb. of orecchiette pasta
  • 1 1/3 cup of frozen sweet peas
  • 4 oz. of goat cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 oz. of cubed pancetta
  • 1/2 cup of diced red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh thyme, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of cooking water from pasta


  1. Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat, add olive oil and pancetta. Saute until pancetta is slightly browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from pan and place on a plate.
  3. Add onions to pan and slightly caramelize, about 5-7 minutes. Add in garlic and saute for 30 seconds, add in fresh thyme. Continue to cook for another minute. Set aside.
  4. Bring a big pot of water to a boil, add in orecchiette pasta and cook till al dente. (according to directions on package)
  5. Add in peas for the last 2 minutes of pasta cook time.
  6. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and drain the rest of the pot.
  7. Add pasta and peas to a big bowl, along with caramelized onions, pancetta, goat cheese, lemon juice, and cooking liquid.
  8. Gently toss the pasta until the goat cheese is melted and completely combined.
  9. Serve.