Fusilli with Creamy Pancetta-and-Pea Sauce

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Pancetta (pan-CHEH-tuh), a type of Italian bacon cured with salt and spices but not smoked, adds a distinctive flavor. Substitute American-style bacon if you can't find it.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 410
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 13.7g
  • Saturated fat: 7.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 21.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 49.5g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 656mg
  • Calcium: 419mg

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped pancetta or bacon (about 1 ounce)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 cups hot cooked fusilli (about 4 cups uncooked short twisted spaghetti)

Preparation

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook 1 minute or until browned. Place pancetta in a large bowl. Heat oil in pan. Add onion and garlic; sauté 7 minutes. Add onion mixture to pancetta. Place flour in pan. Gradually add milk; stir with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat until thick (about 5 minutes); stir constantly. Add cream cheese; stir until cheese melts. Stir in peas, 1 cup Parmesan, basil, salt, and pepper. Add cheese sauce and pasta to pancetta mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan.
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