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Barilla PLUS® Penne with Pancetta, Grape Tomatoes, Peas, and Romano Cheese

Barilla penne pancetta - barilla plus® penne with pancetta, grape tomatoes, peas, and romano cheese 

We asked our Food Editor, Julie Van Rosendaal, to share a bowl of Barilla PLUS® with her family and dress it up with one of her favourite sauces. Husband Mike and son Willem were happy to assist!

You can find the recipe ingredients and directions below this fun video.

Prep time

6 min

Cook time

16 min

Skill level



1 box Barilla PLUS® Penne
4 ounces (120g) pancetta, julienned
4 tablespoons (50ml) extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 pint (300g) grape tomatoes, halved
8 ounces (227g) frozen peas, thawed
½ cup (100ml) water
¹⁄³ cup (45g) romano cheese, grated
season to taste


BRING a large pot of water to a boil. ADD pancetta to a large cold skillet; sauté over medium heat until crisp. DRAIN, discard fat and reserve pancetta. ADD tomatoes and half of the olive oil to the skillet. SAUTÉ tomatoes over medium heat until the skins are slightly blistered. SEASON to taste. ADD peas and water.  COOK until most of the water has evaporated, about 6 minutes. COOK Barilla PLUS® Penne according to package directions. DRAIN pasta; add and toss pasta with the pea mixture. FINISH with grated romano cheese, remaining olive oil, and pancetta before serving.

Serves 6


Calories: 610, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fats: 6g, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 27g



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Brought to you by Barilla.

The new Barilla PLUS® pasta is made from a unique multigrain blend, providing 14 grams high quality protein per serving as well as added fibre from real ingredients like spelt, barley, ground flax, oat fibre, chickpeas and lentils.
It’s a great way to boost protein without the added fat of so many other protein sources.


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