Spring Peas with Pancetta and Shallots is a quick and very easy side dish is the perfect use of fresh, sweet peas that come out perfect every time.

Peas and pancetta in a wood bowl

Fresh peas are perfect delicious on their own, but it’s also nice to add flavorings to customize a pea side dish and this is as simple and tasty as it gets.

In addition to perfect weather and blooming flowers, fresh peas are one of the best things about spring. I love buying them still in their pods and eating them as I remove them (something I’ve been doing since I was a child).

A closeup of fresh peas with crispy pancetta bits

With the deliciously seasoned pancetta which adds  just enough salty bite, followed by the hint of onion flavor from the shallot as well as a hint of garlic, these flavors do not overpower the sweet flavor of the peas to shine but just enhance the entire dish.

What are spring peas?

Peas are grown in a pod and one of the sweetest fresh (and what we think of as) a vegetable, but is actually a pulse from a legume plant.

What is pancetta?

Pancetta is essentially Italian bacon that is not smoked, salt cured. You can substitute regular bacon in this dish if you cannot find pancetta, but it will make the dish smoky.

In addition to the flavors of pancetta and shallot, there is also mild garlic in this dish. The garlic is left whole and not incorporated into the peas. I chose to do this as to not overwhelm the peas with garlic flavor, but to just give a little garlic flavor and the cloves are removed at the end of cooking.

Spring peas and pancetta in a bowl viewed from overhead

Spring Peas Serving options

I served these Peas with Pancetta and Shallots with pork chops and Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Puree. Add some grated Parmesan cheese to the cooked peas and toss in cooked pasta for a quick and easy dinner.

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Yield: 2 cups

Spring Peas with Pancetta and Shallots

Crispy bits of pancetta and shallot in a bowl of green peas

Fresh peas are cooked with pancetta and shallots.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 2 ounces shallot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) fresh peas
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable stock or water


  1. To a sauté pan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the pancetta, cook for 2 minutes.  Add the shallot and cook until it is  softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the whole garlic cloves, peas, salt, pepper. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, remove the garlic. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 489Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 15mgSodium 166mgCarbohydrates 66gFiber 23gSugar 25gProtein 24g