Kid-Friendly Italian Dinners: Wagon Wheel Pasta With Pancetta and Peas

Fun pasta shapes, like wagon wheels, add a whimsical touch to your plate!
Kid-Friendly Italian Dinners: Wagon Wheel Pasta With Pancetta and Peas


  • 1 lb wagon wheel–shaped pasta (rotelle)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz pancetta, finely diced (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 2 large or 4 small shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups shelled edamame beans
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, until golden and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta and drain on plate lined with a paper towel. 
  3. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth and scrape up the browned bits that cling to the bottom of the pan. Stir in the snap peas and simmer for 2 minutes, until tender. 
  4. Add the pasta, cooked pancetta, edamame, petite peas, Parmesan cheese, remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, pepper, and mint. Toss until coated, adding the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to loosen the sauce. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Serves 4.

More of Giada's kid-friendly Italian dinners:
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Sweet Corn and Basil Lasagna
Risotto with Currants, Pine Nuts, and Feta Cheese
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Reprinted from Weeknights with Giada by Giada De Laurentiis, copyright © 2012. Photos copyright © 2012 by Amy Neunsinger. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.

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