Light meal, ideal for summer, full of delicious pancetta flavor and the clean, green taste of peas.

Laka kuharica - Easy Cook
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook tortellini in the boiling water until tender yet firm to the bite, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta and saute until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Ladle in the reserved pasta water; simmer for about 1 minute. Add tomato puree and continue to simmer until reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Add cream; simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tortellini and peas, tossing to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Finely chopped prosciutto may be substituted for the pancetta, if desired.

You may substitute frozen peas for the fresh peas; just thaw and cook before adding to the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; 25.5 g total fat; 114 mg cholesterol; 473 mg sodium. 17.8 g carbohydrates; 15.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2019
This gets five stars for flavor but only three stars for functionality. The ingredients are off. There isn t enough sauce for the amount of tortellini. Double the sauce or halve the amount of tortellini. Also I would switch the ratio of water to cream by adding 1/2 cup of cream to two tbsp pasta water. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2019
The flavors are good but the proportion of the "sauce" ingredients aren't sufficient for the 9 oz of tortellini. I had to make a roux on the side to which I added some milk & seasoning, then added it to the ingredients. If I make this again, I'd stick to another recipe for a cheese sauce, though I definitely enjoyed the hint of tomato paste, which added complexity without making this a tomato based sauce! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2019
This gets five stars for flavor but only three stars for functionality. The ingredients are off. There isn t enough sauce for the amount of tortellini. Double the sauce or halve the amount of tortellini. Also I would switch the ratio of water to cream by adding 1/2 cup of cream to two tbsp pasta water. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2019
This gets five stars for flavor but only three stars for functionality. The ingredients are off. There isn t enough sauce for the amount of tortellini. Double the sauce or halve the amount of tortellini. Also I would switch the ratio of water to cream by adding 1/2 cup of cream to two tbsp pasta water. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2019
I ve made this twice as the recipe is written and both times delicious. It doesn t take too many ingredients and it s actually very quick on a weeknight. I ve also put the sauce over squash and pine but ravioli. There s no wrong answer Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2019
The flavors are good but the proportion of the "sauce" ingredients aren't sufficient for the 9 oz of tortellini. I had to make a roux on the side to which I added some milk & seasoning, then added it to the ingredients. If I make this again, I'd stick to another recipe for a cheese sauce, though I definitely enjoyed the hint of tomato paste, which added complexity without making this a tomato based sauce! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2019
I made half the recipe to see if we would like it. I can say that despite making it to a T...this recipe was off in the proportions of ingredients. I had to add more cream and a bit more water and even had to cook a bit more pasta as 4.5 oz is not enough for two people. With that said if you want to make this recipe adjust all the aforementioned ingredients and watch carefully as you cook the sauce to pasta ratio. You can always add a bit of more cream or water depending on the amount of sauce it comes down to and texture you want to achieve. The procedure and ingredients are excellent base recipe for a quick dinner pasta just adjust the proportions. I extrapolate that if I had made the full recipe I would have end up doing the same adjustments. Read More