Creamy Pasta Shells with Sweet Peas and Bacon

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This creamy pasta shell meal with sweet peas and bacon is always a crowd pleaser and it is ready in less than 30 minutes!

More easy pasta recipes: Penne Pasta and Peas Recipe with Mascarpone, Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta with Mascarpone and Peas, and Easy Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Asparagus.

Make sure to read:  How Long to Boil Pasta Perfectly Every Time to elevate this dish even more!

Why this recipe works

We start with delicious sweet peas that get coated in a creamy sauce and finally, tossed with al dente pasta shells to hold all the delicious sauce.

I like to add the bacon at the end to keep it nice and crunchy!

You will love the fresh pop of flavor from sweet peas and the crunch of savory bacon in every bite. It tastes like home and brings everyone to the table.

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Ingredients

  • Pasta shells (any short pasta variety will work)
  • Petite sweet peas
  • Bacon or pancetta
  • Shallot
  • Butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Parmigiano cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

See recipe card for quantities.

Weeknight friendly and kid approved!

While the pasta boils, everything else in this dish comes together in one large skillet. Then, toss the pasta in the skillet and stir until combined.

Shower the top with freshly grated parmigiano and that’s it! This is an easy meal that adults and children love!

It’s simple, delicious, and and great dinner recipe to make often. It is ready in about 20 minutes.

I make this so often that I know it by heart, and soon you will too!

Peas

Peas matter…for this recipe I highly recommend the ‘petite’ pea or ‘baby’ sweet pea variety. 

Compared to the standard green pea, petite peas are smaller in stature with a more tender skin, and a delicately sweet flavor.

They are also less starchy and simply, better :). Since peas are a main ingredient of this dish it’s important to pick the right ones to create the perfect taste and texture.

Do you want to leave out the bacon in this recipe? Try this recipe instead:

Penne Pasta and Peas Recipe with Mascarpone

Do you want to leave out the peas in this recipe? Try this recipe instead:

Authentic Pasta Carbonara- Italian Recipe (Video)

Authentic Italian Carbonara is an easy meal that tastes restaurant-worthy every time! 

Carbonara: silky creamy egg and cheese sauce drown…

Whats the difference between pancetta and bacon?

The biggest difference between pancetta and bacon is that bacon is smoked and pancetta is salt-cured and dried.

In terms of cooking, that means that bacon is still raw and should be cooked. On the other hand, pancetta can be eaten both cooked or uncooked.

Both pancetta and bacon work well in this recipe! Use what you have on hand, or the taste you prefer.

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From my Cucina to your Table, Mangia! Mangia! (Eat!) 

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Creamy pasta shells with petite peas and bacon in a skillet pan

Creamy Pasta Shells with Sweet Peas and Bacon

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This pasta dish is always a crowd pleaser! We start with delicious sweet peas that get coated in a creamy buttery sauce and finally, tossed with al dente pasta shells to hold all the delicious sauce. Add the bacon at the end to keep it nice and crunchy! You will love fresh pop of flavor from sweet peas and the crunch of savory bacon in every bite. It tastes like home and brings everyone to the table.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 6 strips bacon or pancetta, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cups petite peas
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese, more for topping
  • 1 lb short pasta such as small shells
  • 1/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. (Important: When pasta is almost done cooking, use a measuring cup to remove and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water) 
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat. When hot, add bacon and sauté until golden and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve for later.
  3. Drain off all but a thin layer of bacon grease from the pan. Reduce heat under the pan to low-medium.
  4. Add butter and shallots. Sauté until shallots are tender, 3 minutes. Add in peas and cook for 3 more minute. Drain pasta and add reserved pasta water to the pan. Add cream. Stir to combine and bring to a low simmer until bubbly, about 3 minutes. The starches from the pasta water will thicken the cream slightly and create a yummy sauce. 
  5. Take pan off heat. Add the parmigiano cheese and stir to combine. Add the hot pasta to the pan. Stir until incorporated. Top with bacon and stir slightly to keep the bacon on top and still crunchy. Add freshly ground pepper, if desired. Sprinkle with extra parmigiano cheese and serve hot! Mangia!  
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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32 Comments

  1. This recipe was AMAZING! She gives the perfect instructions and ingredient ratios. I’m Italian myself and really picky. We loved this recipe and will be using it in the future! Thank you Elena!! 🙏🏼






  2. This recipe is good and very easy, so we have made it multiple times. The first couple of times I made it as shown and it was delicious. After that, we decided we like it with more sauce and will 1.5 times, or even double the cream and cheese (you could also go milk instead of cream for the extra bit), and/or reduce the amount of pasta a bit. We love it! I have one person in my house that can’t have black pepper, so I added a dash of nutmeg instead, which really suits the cream sauce.






  3. Absolutely obsessed with this, and have adjusted to using canned tuna in olive oil instead of bacon for protein, as well as adding broccoli and cauliflower to up the veggies. I also use soy cream as it leaves less of an aftertaste in my mouth than dairy cream but pile on the parmesan and devour every time. i also add more shallots when i add the veggies to up the zing. original recipe is awesome, my add ons are an attempt to give me an excuse to eat it a few times a week.






  4. Incredible pasta dish! Full of flavor and the ultimate creamy perfection ! Was loved and enjoyed by the entire family. I love that this is authentic Italian- nothing better 🤤