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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces pancetta or ham, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook until beginning to turn crisp, about 10 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water 2 minutes less than package directions. Add peas and broccoli; cook 2 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta, peas and broccoli to pancetta mixture. Toss together gently. Add 1/4 cup (or more) reserved cooking water and cheese. Serve with additional cheese, if desired.
—Recipe by Laraine Perri for Relish, Sept. 2009

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