Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas

Simple orecchiette pasta with fresh rosemary, salty bacon and sweet peas. This crispy pan-fried orecchiette, is an easy way to serve your family a little homemade italian comfort!

Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas! #pasta #italian #bacon

Today I’m sharing an authentic orecchiette dish we ate while in Italy this summer.

During our week in the Tuscan countryside, we visited as many of the medieval hill towns as possible.

Each tiny fortified city had something different to offer, it’s own flavor, if you will.

Some were focused on wine, others were focused on their internal diversity, and still others were focused on the sport of leisure.

Simple Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas! #pasta #italian #bacon

While meandering through Montalcino one evening, we decided to stop at a little restaurant down a steep staired alley, that we heard had incredible food.

We ordered in the traditional Italian fashion of selecting, antipasti the appetizer, primi the pasta course, and secondi the meat course. All the dishes this particular restaurant served, were extremely simple (almost peasant like) and very comforting.

One of our primi dishes was pan-fried crispy orecchiette with fresh rosemary, bacon, peas and a little crushed red pepper.

After tasting, it was obvious the orecchiette had been fried in the bacon grease until the edges were crispy, yet leaving the center of the pasta al dente. The texture, along with the sweet and salty additions and herby essence, was something I could not get enough of.

Pasta fried in bacon grease. YES to that!

Fried Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas! #pasta #italian #bacon

Truly, this was a very easy recipe to replicate. I simply fried some thick-cut bacon until crisp and red. Then I removed it and added cooked orecchietta to the bubbling bacon grease, along with rosemary and red pepper.

Once the pasta was crispy around the edges, I added the peas, and the bacon back in. Done.

Tastes and feels just like it did in Italy.

That’s the beauty of Italian cooking. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be sensational!


Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas


  • 1 lb. DeLallo Orechiette Pasta #92
  • 6 thick-cut strips of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Set a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until red. Scoop the bacon out of the grease and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  3. Pour the drained pasta into the remaining bacon grease. Add the rosemary and crushed red pepper. Stir and "fry" the pasta until the edges start to become crispy. Add the peas to the pasta and toss.
  4. Once the peas have warmed through, add the bacon back to the skillet and salt the pepper to taste. Serve warm.

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15 Responses to “Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas”

  1. #
    Naomi — August 27, 2014 @ 6:16 am

    I love how simple this is! And bacon and peas always pair well!


  2. #
    Maria — August 27, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    Great pasta dish!


  3. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — August 27, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    I’m still totally jealous of your trip to Italy, glad you brought some of it home for hte rest of us. Looks simple and so good!


  4. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 27, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    Mmmmmm….pasta and bacon! Bring it on!


  5. #
    Aimee @ Simple Bites — August 27, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    This looks like the perfect plan for dinner tonight!


  6. #
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — August 27, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    You’re trip sounds fabulous and so does this pasta!


  7. #
    Gaby — August 27, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    This looks like my kind of dinner!


  8. #
    Alice — August 28, 2014 @ 6:44 am

    I have made a version of this recipe before, never thought about adding rosemary. I like it!


  9. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 28, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Simple and delicious meals are the best!


  10. #
    Amanda — August 28, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

    I need to make this soon!


  11. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 29, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    Deeeeeelicious! Love the rosemary and bacon together!


  12. #
    Lori — September 1, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

    Looks awesome! My family would go crazy for this pasta!



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