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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!

Orecchiette with Rosemary Bacon and Peas

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 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. Naomiposted August 27, 2014 at 6:16 am

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


  2. Mariaposted August 27, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Great pasta dish!


  3. Heidi @foodiecrushposted August 27, 2014 at 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 Mountainposted August 27, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Mmmmmm….pasta and bacon! Bring it on!


  5. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted August 27, 2014 at 7:54 am

    This looks like the perfect plan for dinner tonight!


  6. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasyposted August 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

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


  7. Gabyposted August 27, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    This looks like my kind of dinner!


  8. Aliceposted August 28, 2014 at 6:44 am

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


  9. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted August 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Simple and delicious meals are the best!


  10. Amandaposted August 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I need to make this soon!


  11. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 29, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Deeeeeelicious! Love the rosemary and bacon together!


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  13. Loriposted September 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

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


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