Artichoke and Pancetta Pasta

This is a great little recipe to try if you want something packed full of flavour but with very minimal effort involved in the cooking. Pancetta and artichoke are fast friends, and – trust me – if you’re fans of both, you’ll want to give this artichoke and pancetta pasta go.

The pancetta and artichoke are both full of punchy flavour, and go very well with the smooth, creamy sauce and bright chives.

An additional benefit – not only is this recipe delicious, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes! Proper gourmet food on a weeknight.

Artichoke and Pancetta Pasta – The Ingredients

Head to your deli counter for this particular recipe! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pancetta – I used pre-cubed pancetta. You could also use sliced pancetta – just cut it into bitesize pieces and fry as per the recipe.
  • Artichokes – I used pre-prepared, marinated artichokes (these ones in fact). Prepared artichokes come in all different sizes, so be sure to chop yours into bite size pieces before using them in the sauce.
  • White wine – completely optional. If you don’t use it, add a splash of water at this point.
  • Cream – single cream is perfect here. You could substitute for crème fraiche.
  • Lemon juice – optional, but adds a little zing!
  • Chives – one of my favourite herbs and absolutely delicious here, but could be substituted with parsley.
  • Pasta – I used fresh fusilli. Fresh pasta works really well here and cuts the cooking time, but you could absolutely use dried (just cook according to packet instructions) and feel free to use any shape you like.

Cooking the pasta

This is a super simple, super quick recipe. You’re going to find it so easy! Here are a couple of tips to help you out with it:

  • Don’t worry if your sauce splits a little when you add the cream. This can happen if you add it too quickly (and don’t stir quickly enough). It won’t affect flavour at all though, so just give it a stir and keep going!
  • If you’re using wine, make sure the volume of liquid halves before you carry on with the recipe, otherwise you’ll end up with too much liquid.

This recipe will serve at least 4.

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Artichoke and Pancetta Pasta

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Harriet Young
A super quick gourmet pasta dish – perfect for week nights!
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 200 g pancetta cubed
  • 175 g marinated artichokes
  • 1 small glass white wine
  • 150 ml single cream
  • A couple of drops of lemon juice
  • 1 large handful of chives
  • 500 g fresh fusilli


  • Chop the pancetta into small chunks and tip into a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Sizzle until the pancetta has crisped up and turned golden.
  • Add the artichokes, fry for another minute, then add the wine. Allow to boil down before adding the cream and 150ml of water. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  • To finish the sauce, taste and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper as required. Roughly chop the chives and then add them.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Stir the sauce into the pasta with the reserved water. Enjoy!
Keyword 15 minutes, artichoke, pancetta, pasta

5 responses to “Artichoke and Pancetta Pasta”

  1. 5 stars
    This pasta dish has such lovely flavors. The whole family loved it! Thanks for the recipe! Will definitely make this again.

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Artichoke and pancetta is a great combination with the pasta. It’s hearty and comforting.

  3. 5 stars
    This was so good! My daughters loved this pasta and even had seconds thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! My family loved the flavors!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this pasta for dinner last night and it was delicious! Perfectly creamy too!

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