Farfalle with Asparagus, Peas and Pancetta in Cream Sauce

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What a wonderful time of year to prepare delicious spring recipes fresh from the garden or local farmers’ markets!

Everyone knows what an unusually harsh and long winter we had this year!   I can’t even believe it snowed in Colorado this week AND IN MAY!  Even here in the South, it was unusually colder and for longer periods of time, with many freezing nights that damaged so many of my ‘southern weather only’ plants (such as gardenias)!   So the warmer weather, longer days, and having flowers in bloom are just what we’ve been needing for our minds, bodies, and souls!

Spring just makes me happy!

Spring also brings some of the best, sweetest, most flavorful vegetables and fruit to use in our recipes.   My family absolutely loves sweet peas and fresh asparagus, so those fresh spring ingredients have been exactly what I’ve been cooking with lately to stay fresh and in season for this Italian pasta dish.

You’ll love this!

And talk about easy?

Less than an hour and you’ve got this yumminess on the plate and table for your family and guests to “ooh”, “ahh” and “mmmm” over and certainly ask for more!

Farfalle with Asparagus, Peas and Pancetta in Cream Sauce

What You Need:

  • 1-½ cups pancetta, diced into ¼” cubes (you could also use thick cut bacon if you can’t find pancetta in your area)
  • 1 cup of the top tips of asparagus cut off into 1 to 2 inch lengths
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen spring peas
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ box of farfalle (bow tie) pasta (if you want more, than you should consider doubling all of the other ingredients)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon flavor-infused extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a tall pot, boil water with about a tablespoon of salt added.
  • In a small sauce pan, heat the lemon flavor-infused olive oil and heat on low (remember, olive oil is sensitive and burns easily).
  • Add the chopped pancetta and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • Place the pasta (farfalle) into the boiling water.
  • Add garlic, peas, and asparagus to the saucepan with pancetta.
  • Heat on low for about 10 minutes.
  • In a large, wide sauce pan, pour in the cream and the cheese, heat on low.
  • When pasta is cooked to a nice light chewy ‘bite’ (al dente), drain and add to the wide sauce pan with creamy-cheese sauce.
  • Add the sautéed mixture of pancetta, garlic, asparagus and peas.
  • Plate the pasta on pretty plates.
  • Garnish with minced Italian parsley.
  • Pass more freshly-grated Parmesan cheese around to your guests.
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  1. Snow in May? My..that sounds awful…
    This is so green and beautiful!
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  2. How much cream did you use for this recipe? There is a ? where the amount should be in the ingredient list.

  3. What a beautiful dish! It must taste wonderful, too, with pancetta and cream in it. We love peas and asparagus also in our house so am putting this on my list of things to make. Thank you so much for the recipe, Roz!
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  4. In Italy this winter was unusually warm… I remember only a week (before Christmas) with minus than 0 degrees. Really strange… but very beautiful… :-)
    As your pasta dish. I really love it!
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  5. it looks divine Roz. So springy and summery and perfect for a quick night meal. I love the cream sauce. I could eat it just alone:)))
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  6. I’m sorry your gardenias were damaged. I love their flowers…I carried a bouquet of them when I got married. Your farfalle is a perfect dish for spring, one of my favorite dishes.
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  7. What a delicious spring pasta dish! We love all the ingredients and veggies in this one!
    WE make a similar pasta like this one, oooo you just reminded me to make it sometime this week! Thanks for a great recipe! Have a great week!
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  8. Sometimes Mother Nature can be cruel! I hope we’ve passed the danger of snow.

    What a delightful dish! Not crazy about pancetta but would love to try this with regular bacon – it looks so delicious!
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  9. I love this recipe and I must make it soon. That’s all I have to say. :)

  10. Roz, your pasta looks amazing! What’s not to love? Pancetta, asparagus, cream? Perfection!!!

    PS…it was great to see Kelly this weekend! xo

  11. Ciao Roz.. grazie del commento al mio blog! E’ una pasta eccezionale la tua.. davvero ottimi abbinamenti! Un bacio :-D
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