A friend of mine has lent me a most interesting cook book called The Geometry of Pasta. It lists recipes for pasta sauces according to their ideal pasta shape. With geometric black and white images of each pasta – it is a beautifully stylish book to look through on any occasion. And since I had a bundle of large shell pasta, I thought I’d refer to it to see which sauce would be best suited.

The structure of the shell variety of pasta – the ridge outside and smooth, deep bowl of the interior – helps it cradle a sauce more than any other pasta. I decided on Conchiglie Rigate Con Piselli Pancetta Brasata or, Shell Pasta with Braised Ham and Peas. The bacon and pancetta can be prepared ahead of time and remain in the fridge for at least a week. And there are only a few other ingredients which are thrown together at the end. Because it is a very rich and luxurious sauce, it is not for the everyday. Although after tasting, you may disagree – when Adam finished his meal he looked up and said ‘Can you please make this every day?’ It’s pretty special. Try it sometime.

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14 Comments on Mid-week Menu: Pasta con Piselli Pancetta Brasata

  1. Gail Kenny
    March 7, 2013 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Jessica – may I just say that you are a DELIGHT! You elevate living to an art form and put a smile on my face at least once a week. Thank you for your generous sharing. I mightn’t always try your ideas for myself, but I am enriched by your images and stories and sometimes – that is simply enough! Sincerely – Gail (Kenny)

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 7, 2013 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm (5 years ago)

      Gail thank you so much for your very kind words. I’m so glad you enjoy reading so much. Will endeavour to keep it up for you! Jess x

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  2. Leila Taefi
    March 7, 2013 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks SO good! Thanks for sharing the recipe – I will definitely be cooking this next week!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 7, 2013 9:20 pm at 9:20 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Leils! I promise you – it is DELICIOUS! x

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  3. Janet Rörschåch
    March 7, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm (5 years ago)

    1) Your photos are scrummy-lick-the-screen-in-hopes-of-damn-why-can’t-there-be-taste-a vision-now GOOD! 2) Fantastic book. See if your friend really wants it back, because that is a great book by Hildebrand and Kenedy. Otherwise, run and get it as soon as you can. It is considered one of the must-haves in a cook’s collection. 3) Adam is one lucky duck. 😀

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  4. Marco Bango Siena
    March 7, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Farfalle con piselli e prosciutto cotto, are a good recipe too. Very fast to cook it, need just 10 minutes and a glass o white wine 😉

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    • brownpaperbelle
      March 8, 2013 9:14 am at 9:14 am (5 years ago)

      Ooo I’ll have to try this – thanks for the tip!

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  5. fionaward
    March 8, 2013 3:10 am at 3:10 am (5 years ago)

    Yummy! I have to try this, thank you 🙂

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  6. Jessica Shiner
    March 9, 2013 5:33 am at 5:33 am (5 years ago)

    From one Jess to another… how do you make even pasta look amazing?!
    Hahahaha, your food photography is wonderful!! x

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  7. beckyblueeyes
    April 8, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks epic-ly delicious. Thanks!

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  8. ranhan429
    May 14, 2013 9:51 am at 9:51 am (5 years ago)

    Awesome blog you have!! Thanks for stopping by mine. Hope my blog can someday be as awesome as yours… 🙂 Cheers!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      May 14, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I liked visiting your blog too 🙂

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