Spring Pancetta & Pea Shoot Pasta

Spring Pancetta & Pea Shoot Pasta

Spring is full of wonderful things! Since I moved to a place with no seasons, ed I can’t say that I’m experiencing any of those wonderful things, but I do remember those signs of spring. The first day it’s warm enough to wear a dress without tights and boots. The first yellow-green buds on the trees. The tulips. The first picnic. And the abundance of things-that-are-not-brown at the farmer’s market. Asparagus, spring onions, rhubarb, fava beans and pea shoots.

Spring Pancetta & Pea Shoot Pasta

If you’re not familiar with them, pea shoots are lovely little green things that taste just like spring. So while it’s already hitting 80 degrees with 90% humidity down here, I can whip up something with pea shoots, close my eyes and remember the newness of spring. This pasta is one of those easy dishes – pancetta, shallots, pea shoots, lemon, olive oil and pepper tossed with linguine. It’s light and fresh and just tastes like spring! I am kind of in love with it and I think you will be, too.

And now for some housekeeping. I’m going on a long and lovely 2 week vacation to Paris, Rome and Tuscany. I’m so excited I can barely contain myself! I fully intend to gain 10 pounds and eat gelato, pastries, pasta and wine until my jeans no longer fit. So, things might be a little quiet around here starting next week, but I promise I’ll be back and inspired to cook and share everying I ate. Anyone got any must-eat places I shouldn’t miss? Leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to my very very long list.

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  1. BEAUTIFUL pasta dish!! I love the pancetta!

  2. Every time I see a picture of a pasta dish you made I crave noodles!

    Enjoy what is sure to be a lovely holiday!

  3. I’ve never seen pea shoots at my market. Are they the equivalent of the baby pea plants/sprouts that one pulls from the garden to thin the rows?

    And your vacation sounds lovely; bon voyage et bon appétit!

  4. Enjoy your trip. I am back from vacation myself, wish I could go again!

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Lizounette – Yes, they look the same. I’ve seen them at Whole Foods (salad section) and they come in my CSA box sometimes.

  6. Ooo la la! (See I’m channeling you in France already.) This pasta looks delicious. I’ve never had pea shoots but I like the idea of tasting spring. I’ll have to try them. Have fun on your trip!

  7. Looks fantastic! Pea shoots are so pretty.
    Enjoy your journey.

  8. Enjoy your trip–I’m looking forward to blog posts about it when you return…

  9. What a lovely, simple pasta dish. I rarely see them in most supermarkets, but come spring Chinese groceries have bales of them!

  10. Simply gorgeous!!!

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