Pea, Pancetta & Lemon Spaghetti – from pan to plate in 15 minutes


Pea, Pancetta & Lemon Spaghetti – from pan to plate in 15 minutes! This is a quick and easy mid week meal that the whole family can enjoy.  I served it up to the critics to test it out as a recipe for “Your Weekly Feed” and, unlike most nights, there were no complaints!  Happy days, especially as the girls had been off peas for about 2 years – I now find them eating them straight out of the freezer!!!!

In keeping with the quick & easy theme shall we jump straight into the recipe?

Pea, Pancetta & Lemon Spaghetti


  • 6 slices of pancetta (or bacon will do just fine)
  • 250 g - 500g packet of spaghetti depending on family size - I used a gluten free spaghetti
  • 1 lemon, juice & zest
  • 1 C frozen peas
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C grated parmesan


  1. Boil water for spaghetti and cook as per packet instructions
  2. As the water is boiling grill of fry the pancetta until crispy
  3. Combine lemon juice, zest, olive oil and salt & pepper in a jug
  4. Add the peas to the spaghetti water with 3 minutes of cooking time to go
  5. Break the pancetta up into small pieces
  6. Drain spaghetti & peas and put back in the saucepan. Pour in the juice combo and toss through the pancetta so all combined.
  7. Plate up into bowls, season to taste and top with grated parmesan

This is a regular go to in our house especially on those nights where we are late due to the after school run around & need something simple & quick – you know how it goes!

Do you think this will work at your house?  What’s your go to dish?



16 comments on “Pea, Pancetta & Lemon Spaghetti – from pan to plate in 15 minutes

  1. Dannielle@Zamamabakes
    June 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Pan to plate in 15 minutes sounds like the perfect meal to me Vicki!
    Loving the combination of flavours, how good is pasta!
    Always a delight to have you join in with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays fun.
    Have a gorgeous weekend xx

    • Vicki
      June 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Pasta for the win in quick & easy dinners! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. x

  2. Lizzie {Strayed Table}
    June 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    What a fresh and easy recipe plus a great way to use a lemon which we seem to have plenty of this year.

    • Vicki
      June 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks so much Lizzie – it really is a simple dish with great flavours – our lemon tree has gone crazy this year!

  3. Carole from Carole's Chatter
    June 19, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Hi Vicki, I would love you to stop by Food on Friday: Pasta over at Carole’s Chatter to add this to the recipe collection! Cheers!

  4. Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    February 22, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Yep, this would definitely work at our place! Just minus the pancetta for me, but I’m sure it could be easily replaced with some other delicious thing, so no problems there! Dinner ready in 15 minutes flat sounds mighty fine to me, especially if peas and lemon are involved – they’re such a good combo!

    • Vicki
      February 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      We had it tonight always a winner!

  5. jayne
    February 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Love a quick and simple pasta! I always tend to stick to the same ingredients so thanks for some new inspiration

    • Vicki
      February 23, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      My pleasure, we have this one quite regularly as it’s so quick.

  6. Tania| My Kitchen Stories
    October 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Any thing with peas wins for me. This especially

    • Vicki
      October 13, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      So quick and easy!

  7. Kylie
    October 17, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Oh YUM! This is so quick and easy and if I swap the peas for broccolini Master 4 would love this!

    • Vicki
      October 18, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Ha! I have one that prefers broccoli over peas too.

  8. Kim @ Zonkt Designs
    October 19, 2016 at 11:06 am

    How tasty are Pea’s and Pancetta! go together so well they really do. x

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      They do and it’s such a simple meal xx

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