Tortellini with Peas, Broccoli and Pancetta

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 6 servings
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

This luscious toss of tortellini with crisp pancetta, sweet peas and cheese may have your kids singing your praises.

Photo by Mark Boughton/Styling by Teresa Blackburn


1 tablespoon olive oil
3 ounces pancetta or ham, finely diced
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1/4 to 1/2 cup pasta cooking water
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook until beginning to turn crisp, about 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water 2 minutes less than package directions. Add peas and broccoli; cook 2 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta, peas and broccoli to pancetta mixture. Toss together gently. Add 1/4 cup (or more) reserved cooking water and cheese. Serve with additional cheese, if desired.

—Recipe by Laraine Perri for Relish, Sept. 2009