Conchigliette con Piselli {Small Shells with Peas}

I never ever get tired of eating pasta. EVER. First of all, there are so many different varieties of pastas: long, short, homemade, flavored. And then you have an insane amount of different shapes of pastas, which of course have diverse textures. And then you figure in the sauce choices….exhale…well boredom is simply not possible ; ) The combination of possibilities are mind boggling. Mind boggling! And I LOVE that about pasta dishes!  

I think I owe it to you to continue showing you as many different varieties of pasta dishes as I can ; ) I’m such a giver aren’t I LOL ; ) Small shells or “conchigliette” in Italian are just fun to cook with! And because of their shape, they hold sauce beautifully. It’s like a surprise burst of flavor in your mouth, when you bite into them. Reminds me of that fabulous gum we used to have as a kid that squirted a sweet center onto your tongue setting your taste buds into a tizzy!

Bonus points are awarded to this recipe because this is a one pot dish! You know how much I despise doing dishes LOL. Use a deep sided pan and you’ll be all set. You start off by sauteing your onions and then crisping up your bacon. You can substitute pancetta here {and I do when I have it on hand} Just be sure that it’s crispy. No limp bacon please ; )

Then there are peas {they’re a must in my freezer, I keep several bags on hand at all times, you can use them for so many things, including a great ice pack when necessary…hey I have 3 little ones} The add such a nice pop of color to the dish too. Now potatoes! They add another level of creaminess to the dish. Make sure you cut the potatoes into fairly small cubes. You don’t want them too much larger than the shell pasta.

Once you add your shells, you’re in the home stretch. They pull the dish together while the sauce thickens. Be sure to only cook them until they’re al dente. You don’t want mushy pasta ; )

Then all that’s left to do is sprinkle on the cheese, the glorious Pecorino cheese. Okay, well maybe not all, you will need your fork ; )  


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Conghigliette con Piselli {Small Shells with Peas}
What you’ll need:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion – minced
2 slices bacon – diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 bouillon cube
2 small potatoes – cubed
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups small shell pasta
1/4 cup Pecorino Cheese

What to do:
1. Into a deep sided pan add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent.

2. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Add peas, and crumble bouillon over mixture. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to LOW and cook approximately 3-5 minutes until peas are softened.

3. Add potatoes and water. Stir to combine. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Once mixture boils, reduce heat to LOW cover and cook for approximately 10 minutes.

4. Add pasta, stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, continue cooking for approximately 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente.

5. Add cheese, stir to combine and serve immediately.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    This looks yummy. My son will eat any vegetable that is in a pasta dish.

  2. 2

    This looks “buonissimo”! Your pictures are always lovely, Paula and they always make my hungry! I think this would be even more decadent with some heavy cream added to the sauce, don’t you? Bravissima!

    • 2.1

      Grazie Cara! Heavy cream would be lovely and would make the sauce even more luscious!

  3. 3

    potatoes and pasta? peas and bacon? and cheese? this indeed is perfect!

  4. 4

    Totally YUM for a meal or a side dish. I’m all over this one!

  5. 5

    I think this looks amazing! I make mine a little different so I would love to try out a new creative version!

  6. 6

    This looks super delicious and cute (because small things are cute and that counts for pasta too), but I have one question: does the bacon boil with the potatoes and pasta? I’m just wondering about the crispiness.

    • 6.1

      Thanks Jen! Yes, but if you like it super crispy you can take it out after it crisps, keep it warm & then sprinkle it on top at the end : ) Either way, still delicious!

  7. 7

    Paula – thislooks so ggod! I am freeeezing right now, and some cheesy stachy goodness would be so nice! I love ANY pasta with peas and bacon – so this recipe is going on my LIST!
    Hope all is well in (not so) sunny NC – covered up in snow yet? Views still great from the back deck?

    • 7.1

      Ciao bella! I’m freezing too {it’s cray-zay all this snow/ice} so we actually made this again tonight : ) It’s a favorite around here!

  8. 8

    Great version of a classic dish.

  9. 9

    I love this recipe but think I’ll try it with some sweet potatoes I have sitting here. Do you think those will work?

    • 9.1

      Hi Becky! I think it would work, just be sure to monitor the cooking time, and adjust accordingly : ) Let me know how it turns out!

  10. 10

    oh my gosh paula, you win. this dish has comfort written all over it!

  11. 11

    You and I think alike… how could one possibly ever, I mean, EVER tire ofeating pasta??? This combinations is one of my favorites. I keep both pancetta (I prefer it over bacon) and peas ALWAYS in my freezer, onions in the pantry, and of course Parmigiano in my fridge. I like mine with ditalini. I don’t use potatoes. Buon appetito!!!

  12. 12

    The small shells are so cute! Love them!

    • 12.1

      They are adorable aren’t they and the peas just nest right inside of them with the sauce.. swoon!

  13. 13

    Please don’t judge me, but I want to put my face in that bowl and have a second bowl on standby!

    • 13.1

      Bello Nutella, I’d only be mad if you didn’t want to put your face in the bowl ; )

  14. 14

    One of my favorite dishes. When I was in Sicily visiting relatives, they put peas in everything. Love it.

  15. 15

    I have always liked the combination of pea and potatoes with pasta, I often make it with pesto sauce and a little Parmesan. I love that this is a one pot dish, the less cleaning up there is to do, the more inclined I am to cook!

  16. 16

    I adore pasta with peas. And now you’ve added potatoes and bacon. I’d like some right now. Lovely dish! And your photos are so beautiful.

  17. 17

    I eat pastas sometimes twice a day! Love this recipe. I like how you added potatoes and bacon and a little bit of peas-perfection!

  18. 18

    Oh goodness, this sounds delicious!

  19. 19

    Wow! this looks tasty! Yummy!

  20. 20

    Girl you are making my tummy grumble with all that yummy pasta up there! 🙂

  21. 21
    Vikki /

    Hi Paula,
    Does it matter what type of bouillon cube you use? Beef or chicken

    • 21.1

      Hi Vikki, I usually use a chicken bouillon {maggi brand} I imagine that a beef or vegetable would work as well : )

  22. 22
    mary pin /

    I think I will substitute vegan bacon and enjoy it as well!


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