Smashed Pea and Pancetta Penne


PREP TIME 15 minutes

COOK TIME 8 minutes

TOTAL TIME 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 272g
Servings: 6

Calories: 290

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat4.5g6%
Saturated Fat1g5%
Trans Fat0g
Dietary Fiber10g36%
Total Sugar5g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2%
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 113mg 8%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 562mg 10%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Eating your peas is easy with this time saving recipe that features ZENB Penne Pasta and smoky pancetta. This dish will curb your saltiness craving, but is low in calories, low in fat and a good source of fiber.


  • 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Penne Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas
  • 1 ounce pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon ZENB Final Flair Zesty Olive Oil infused with lemon + cracked pepper



Cook ZENB Pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water; drain.


Meanwhile, heat large skillet on medium-high heat. Add pancetta; cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Transfer to clean plate.


Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots to same skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes, until tender. Stir in peas; cook 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Mash peas with fork or potato masher.


Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in ricotta and reserved pasta water. Cook 1 minute until sauce forms. Add pasta; toss gently until evenly coated. Sprinkle with reserved pancetta, parsley and pine nuts. Drizzle with ZENB Final Flair Oil before serving.

Tasty Tips

Substitute chopped bacon or guanciale for the pancetta.

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