Penne with Pancetta, Peas and Mascarpone

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, June 12, 2015

Aired June 12, 2015


2 tablespoons olive oil 
1/4 pound pancetta, diced
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream 
2 cups frozen peas 
Salt and pepper
1 pound penne pasta
3/4 cup mascarpone
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
Grated Pecorino cheese, for garnish 
Mint and parsley, finely chopped, for garnish


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for cooking the pasta.

Heat a skillet over medium to medium- high. Add the olive oil, two turns of the pan. Add the pancetta and stir 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, stir to soften a few minutes more, then add the wine and cook until the wine evaporates. Add the stock and bring to a bubble. Add the cream and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the peas; season with salt and pepper.

Salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook to al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water; drain the pasta.

Stir the mascarpone, lemon juice and the cooking water into the pea mixture until a sauce forms. Toss with the penne and season. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls topped with a little Pecorino, some mint and parsley.