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A Light, Summer Italian Pasta Dish with Peas, Pancetta, and Parmesan

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I’ve been so excited to bring you guys Italy since the games have started. Italian cuisine is definitely my favorite type of cuisine to make, and probably one of the simplest. Tonight we have for you a light, summer Italian pasta dish. I think everyone has their own definition of what Italian food should be, and it really can be so many different things. I mean Northern Italy differs a lot from Southern Italy as far as their style of cooking is concerned. We wanted to keep it light tonight because it’s summer and all and we hope you enjoy it!

This dish is incredibly easy to make, we promise! We coated Farfalle with a garlic, white wine cream sauce and mixed with peas, pancetta, and parmesan. I also decided to go ahead and drizzle a garlic, basil, tomato sauce on top, but you can take or leave this step if you’d like. I just love a little tomato sauce with any Italian dish. Of course this step makes the dish a tad bit heavier, so you be the judge and try it out! We also served this dish with a rustic Italian boule and a balsamic dipping sauce. You can’t eat this type of dish without bread! You need something to soak all the sauce up with! A fresh loaf from any local bakery will do the trick, or if your feeling extra ambitious go ahead and make a loaf yourself!

Odell’s 5 Barrel Pale Ale

For a light dish, we decided to pair with a light beer as well, or what we consider light in this house. Odell’s 5 Barrel Pale Ale is a great pairing. It’s slightly hoppy, but not overwhelmingly hoppy. The best way to describe it’s taste is “fresh.” The freshness of this beer compliments the freshness of this dish. Instead of overpowering the light nature of this dish, it enhances it’s flavors.

Enjoy a journey to Italy!

Fresh Grated Parm! Yum!


Yummy pasta!


Garlic, Basil, Tomato Sauce!



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4 Responses

  1. In step #2 of making the wine sauce, should I assume that “heat a tablespoon or 2 over medium heat” refers to the oil mentioned in the recipe?

    1. First off, thanks for letting me know there was a problem! This amount refers to the olive oil. So sorry about that. I’ve been going back and trying to put old recipes into a new format and must have missed this part. Thank you so much and happy cooking!

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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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