Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

Last Updated on October 21, 2022 by Ellen Christian

What should I make for dinner? Am I the only one that gets tired of wondering that? If so, I have an easy recipe for Pasta with Peas and Bacon that you’ll want to try soon.

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Peas are one of my favorite spring vegetables so I am always looking for new ways to serve them. Why not try this Classic Ham Pea Salad recipe.

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

This pasta with peas and bacon is the perfect answer to what should I make for dinner. It’s a frugal main dish recipe that can be made with either fresh, frozen, or canned peas. 

What is pasta with peas and bacon called?

I’m not sure that this dish has a specific name. There is a pasta with peas and bacon recipe that’s called spaghetti carbonara but that has spaghetti instead of the ditalini used here. And, it has a carbonara sauce that this recipe does not use. And, if you want to be a purist, pancetta is often used rather than regular bacon. 

So, if you’re looking for pasta with peas and pancetta or bacon, this recipe is not that version. Instead, this pasta with peas has a lemony parmesan sauce that’s absolutely delicious. I hope you’ll try it.

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

Can you use pasta with fresh peas?

Definitely! If you have fresh peas from the garden, you can use them in this recipe. You will need to cook them first. Or, you can easily use frozen peas or canned peas if you don’t have fresh peas. 

Ingredients in bowls to make dinner

How do you make pasta with peas and bacon?

The full, printable recipe is at the end of the post. Scroll down to print a copy to refer to. But, basically, you are cooking the pasta and setting it aside. Then, you are cooking the bacon and onions until they are done. Finally, you are mixing the pasta, bacon, onions, peas, lemon, and parmesan cheese together. It’s very easy to make and relatively inexpensive.

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

What type of bacon should I use?

It depends on what your taste preferences are. This recipe uses regular breakfast-style bacon from the grocery store. When we have it, I love bacon from our local farmer. And, pancetta is a delicious taste as well. But, you can easily use whatever type of bacon is on sale this week.

Can I add more meat?

You definitely can add another type of meat to this recipe if you want to. Why not try adding some grilled chicken breast to the recipe and make it a Chicken Bacon Peas and Pasta recipe? 

a bowl with pasta and peas and parmesan cheese

What should I serve with this recipe?

This Pasta with Peas and Bacon is a complete recipe so you don’t need to serve anything else with it. But, if you want to add something else, you can always serve a grilled chicken breast on the side. Or, you can offer a garden salad or a plate of sliced vegetables.

Or, you can always try one of these vegetable recipes:

How do I store leftovers?

If you have leftovers of this Pasta and Peas with Bacon, you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for three to five days. It will reheat well in a small saucepan or in the microwave. Or, you can try it cold as a summer salad.

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

More easy pasta dishes

Pasta is an easy way to stretch your food budget. And, with the improvement in the quality of gluten-free pasta, it’s simple to make many of these dishes like this Pasta with Peas and Bacon as gluten-free. Check out these tips for serving gluten-free pasta. You may want to try these five fast meals featuring pasta.

Yield: 4

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

Pasta With Peas And Bacon Recipe

Pasta with Peas and Bacon Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 (16 ounce) box ditalini pasta (or any small pasta)
  • 8 to 10 slices bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans green peas, drained (or frozen peas, thawed)
  • 1 cup pasta water (from cooking pasta)
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Before draining, ladle one cup of water from the pot and set aside. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large (12 inch) skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until it is browned. Transfer to paper toweling. Skim all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the skillet.
  3. Add the onions to the skillet and cook slowly over medium heat until softened. Stir in garlic and peas. If using canned peas, remove the skillet from heat. If using frozen peas, continue to cook for 3 minutes, stirring as needed.
  4. Return the bacon to the skillet and add the cooked pasta. Pour reserved pasta water and lemon juice over the dish and stir together until well coated.
  5. Stir in parmesan. Top with black pepper.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 830mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 25g

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