Good quality tortellini is so tasty on it’s own, it doesn’t take much to turn it into a hearty, delicious meal. With just a handful of ingredients, this recipe is a super simple way to kick your tortellini game up a notch!

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crispy pancetta and pea tortellini

Crispy Pancetta and Pea Tortellini

Delicious tortellini made with pancetta, peas and shallots.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American, Canadian, Italian
Keyword garlic, pancetta, parmesan, pasta, peas, shallot, tortellini
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 People


  • 250 grams tortellini your choice! (I used three cheese)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 200 grams thick-cut pancetta diced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: fresh parsley chopped


  • Cook tortellini according to the directions on the package. Drain, reserving a ½ cup of the starchy pasta water.
  • In a large skillet or pot, heat olive oil on medium. Add pancetta to skillet and stir occasionally until it is crispy (about 10 mins). Set crispy pancetta aside on a plate lined with paper towel, reserving about 2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet.
  • Add shallot to the same skillet and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes or until it is fragrant. Be careful not to let it burn.
  • Add the peas and cook until they are defrosted, about 3 minutes.
  • Pour in the ½ cup of starchy pasta water, add the parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese has melted.
  • Add crispy pancetta, butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add cooked tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat the noodles.
  • Serve immediately with more parmesan cheese and fresh parsley (optional).

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