Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Raise your hand if pasta is the go-to dinner for the kids in your house?  I hear ya, Mama!  Well, there are times to push beyond pasta.  And there are other times to just embrace it and go all out PASTA!!  Today, I am going all out with this 30-Minute Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta, which is creamy, peppery, and absolutely delicious. 

The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite.  The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta.  And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out. 

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork holding bite. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pancetta Comes to the Cacio e Pepe Party

Dave and I went to Italy last summer to celebrate our 10 year Anniversary.  In Rome I had the most amazing, mouth watering Cacio e Pepe, which is Cheese and Pepper Pasta.  This recipe is my variation on that traditional dish.  First, I’m adding Pancetta, which is the Italian version of bacon.  It’s pork belly that is sliced and cured, but not smoked, rolled with salt and pepper. 

Second, I am using Gluten Free Pasta.  You can of course use your favorite pasta for this recipe, but I do recommend a long pasta shape, such as Angel Hair, Spaghetti, or fettuccine to really combine with the parmesan to get creamy and delicious.

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PANCETTA, PARMESAN, & PEPPER PASTA

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

This is one of those dishes that tastes so incredible that you think it MUST take all day.  But it seriously takes only 3 steps and less than 30 minutes to pull together from scratch!  

The 3 steps are (1) Cook the Pancetta, garlic, and lemon juice in a skillet (2) add the Pasta (3) mix in the parmesan, pepper, and pasta water.  That’s it!

The only things you can do in advance is to dice the Pancetta and mince the garlic. This should only take a few minutes, so you can do it 3-4 days in advance or right before cooking.

Diced Pancetta for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

 

COOK YOUR PANCETTA, PARMESAN, & PEPPER PASTA 

For this recipe, you need a large frying pan or skillet.  I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  

While the pasta is cooking…Preheat a large skillet on high. Add the diced Pancetta. You shouldn’t need any oil in the pan as the pancetta has a lot of fat that will render. Stir the meat around with a spatula to prevent it from sticking. Cook about 4-5 minutes until the fat is rendered and the Pancetta pieces are just starting to crisp.

Diced Pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Turn the heat down to low and add the minced garlic and lemon juice. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat.Diced Pancetta cooked in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Diced Pancetta cooked in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Hand squeezing half a lemon over cooked diced Pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesanScoop the pasta out of the water and add it to the skillet, saving the pasta cooking water. It’s ok of you get some water in the skillet with the pasta. Drizzle the pasta with a tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then mix the pasta with the pancetta, garlic, and lemon juice.Pasta added to cooked pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Measure out a cup of the pasta water and let the pasta and the water cool to warm, not steaming hot, about 10 minutes. You do NOT want the cheese to melt into clumps when you add it! After 10 minutes, add the parmesan cheese and ground pepper to the pasta and immediately combine the parm and pasta using tongs or a couple large forks. You want the parmesan cheese to coat all of the pasta.

Pasta with Parmesan cheese and ground pepper on top in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pasta mixed with parmesan, pepper, and pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Last, drizzle in the water a little at a time, each time mixing until the parmesan starts to get creamy. If it starts to clump, the water is still too hot and you need wait until it cools a bit more. Continue this until you have added all of the measured out pasta water. You can always add a bit more if needed.

Drizzling water over pasta mixed with parmesan, pepper, and pancetta in skillet.  Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is so easy. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Tongs mixing Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in a skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork and skillet in back. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
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Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

This Easy one-pan meal, Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is creamy, pepper, and absolutely delicious.  The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite.  The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta.  And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out.  #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan 

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy dinner, family dinner, parmesan, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Pancetta
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 10 oz Spaghetti pasta, Gluten Free or Regular
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt

Sauce

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. The only things you can do in advance is to dice the Pancetta and mince the garlic.  This should only take a few minutes, so you can do it 3-4 days in advance or right before cooking.

    Diced Pancetta for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

Cook

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then add a tbsp of olive oil and a tsp of salt.  Add the spaghetti and stir while cooking for a minute so the pasta doesn't stick.  Bring back to a boil and cook for 7-10 minutes until it reaches desired consistency.

  2. While the pasta is cooking...Preheat a large skillet on high.  Add the diced Pancetta.  You shouldn't need any oil in the pan as the pancetta has a lot of fat that will render.  Stir the meat around with a spatula to prevent it from sticking.  Cook about 4-5 minutes until the fat is rendered and the Pancetta pieces are just starting to crisp.

    Diced Pancetta cooked in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  3. Turn the heat down to low and add the minced garlic and juice from half a lemon.  Stir and cook for 2 minutes.  Then turn off the heat.

    Hand squeezing half a lemon over cooked diced Pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  4. Scoop the pasta out of the water and add it to the skillet, saving the pasta cooking water.  It's ok of you get some water in the skillet with the pasta.  Drizzle the pasta with a tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then mix the pasta with the pancetta, garlic, and lemon juice. 

    Pasta added to cooked pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  5. Measure out a cup of the pasta water and let the pasta and the water cool to warm, not steaming hot, about 10 minutes.  You do NOT want the cheese to melt into clumps when you add it!  After 10 minutes, add the parmesan cheese and ground pepper to the pasta and immediately combine the parm and pasta using tongs or a couple large forks.  You want the parmesan cheese to coat all of the pasta.

    Pasta mixed with parmesan, pepper, and pancetta in skillet for Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan
  6. Last, drizzle in the water a little at a time, each time mixing until the parmesan starts to get creamy.  If it starts to clump, the water is still too hot and you need wait until it cools a bit more.  Continue this until you have added all of the measured out pasta water.  You can always add a bit more if needed.  That's it!  Serve and Enjoy!

    Tongs mixing Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta in a skillet. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

 

 

5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate.  This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers is a variation on my classic 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf, which is my most popular recipe!  This version adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It’s incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A true family favorite and so great for Kickstarting Meal Planning as the ingredients can always be on hand.  

 

 

This recipe is great because celebrates my journey back to meatloaf!  While I grew up with Meatloaf in the midwest, I lost my way when I moved to NYC in my 20’s, thinking it was no longer cool to make meatloaf.  But I am so happy to say that I found my way back and here I am making not only meatloaf, but making variations on meatloaf and publishing for others!  What I have learned?  Comfort food is comforting!  And you can never go wrong with an easy and delicious meatloaf.  So, why not have variations of a good thing, you ask?  Well, I said the same thing!

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf bite on fork and sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEXICAN MEATLOAF COOKING KIT

Line a 9-inch loaf pan with foil to make it easy to remove the meatloaf and for easy clean up.

In a mini food processor, add 1/4 cup ketchup and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Blend until smooth.  Then add the egg and pulse until blended/combined.

Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup blended in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ketchup/chipotle mixture, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.  Mix to combine. Note: it will seem a bit wet, but that is just right.

Blended chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in bowl with ground beef, salt, and pepper for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

All ingredients in bowl with cheddar cheese and ground beef for Chipotle Meatloaf.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf mixed in bowl next to foil lined pan. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Transfer the mexican meatloaf mix to the loaf pan lined with foil. Form it into a loaf shape. Then top with the remaining 1/3 cup ketchup.

COOK YOUR MEXICAN MEATLOAF

Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.

When you take it out, let it rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices soak back into the meat.

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
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5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf with Chipotle Peppers

This 5-Ingredient Mexican Meatloaf adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Beef, chipotle, meatloaf, mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Meat Raised without antibiotics preferred
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup to mix with meatloaf
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup For Top of Meatloaf
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers Adobo Sauce Note, this will add medium heat. Reduce to 1 for mild and up to 3 for hot!
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.  Line a loaf pan with foil to make it easy to remove the meatloaf and for easy clean up.

  2. In a mini food processor, add 1/4 cup ketchup and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  Blend until smooth.

    Chipotle peppers in adobo and ketchup in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  3. Next, add the egg to the mini processor and pulse until blended/combined.

    Chipotle peppers in adobo, ketchup, and egg in food processor for Chipotle Meatloaf. Cheddar Cheese gives depth and more flavor.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  4. To a large mixing bowl, add the ground beef, ketchup/chipotle mixture, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.

    All ingredients in bowl with cheddar cheese and ground beef for Chipotle Meatloaf.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  5. Mix to combine.  Note: it will seem a bit wet, but that is just right.

    5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf mixed in bowl next to foil lined pan. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef
  6. Transfer the meatloaf mix to the loaf pan lined with foil.  Form it into a loaf shape.  Then top with the remaining 1/3 cup ketchup. 

  7. Bake for 45 minutes uncovered.  That's it!  When you take it out, let it rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices soak back into the meat.

  8. Slice, serve, Enjoy!

    5-Ingredient Chipotle Meatloaf sliced on white plate. This recipe adds a spicy mexican flare with Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce and Cheddar Cheese.  It's incredibly easy, incredibly moist, and incredibly delicious!  A family dinner favorite! #meatloaf #mexican #easydinner #familydinner #dinner #easyrecipes #beef

Recipe Notes

For the chipotle peppers, these will definitely add heat!  So, be sure to regulate to what you think your family can take.  If you are a mixed family with kids wanting mild and adults wanting medium heat, then reduce down to 1 chipotle pepper or even just 1 tbls of the adobo sauce and eliminate the peppers.  Then simply make some extra ketchup topping for part of the meatloaf where you add some additional chipotle peppers.