Casarecce Pasta with Smoked Pancetta & Pistachios
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Casarecce with Smoked Pancetta & Pistachios

Think you can’t whip up a delicious pasta plate in 14 minutes flat? These casarecce with smoked pancetta prove just the opposite!
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2


  • 6 oz casarecce pasta
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ½ cup smoked pancetta, diced
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup pistachios, chopped
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • Parmesan, freshly grated


  • Put water for pasta to boil. Add salt and cook according to direction on the package until ‘al dente’.
  • In the meantime, place a large skillet pan over medium-low heat. Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil, finely chopped shallot and diced pancetta. Lightly brown everything on a medium-low heat.
  • Once shallot and pancetta a lightly brown, add heavy cream and simmer for another minute until creamy.
  • Drain pasta preserving some cooking liquid. Toss everything in skillet pan. Add finely chopped pistachios and fresh ground pepper.
  • Regulate moist of pasta by adding a little bit of cooking liquid.
  • Serve hot, topped with more pistachios and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


Skip heavy cream to cut on the calories. It'll still come out delicious!