Spinach, Lima Bean & Crispy Pancetta Pasta


We opt for fresh spinach pasta here--it cooks quickly and adds a pop of color. Cooking lima beans in pancetta drippings infuses them with flavor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 (9 ounce) package fresh spinach pasta

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 ounces diced pancetta

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen baby lima beans, thawed

  • 1 cup sliced shallots

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¾ cup grated pecorino cheese, divided


  1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of water, then drain the pasta.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add lima beans and shallots to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and rosemary; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add the pasta and the reserved water to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, the pancetta and half the pecorino. Serve the pasta topped with the remaining pecorino.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
16g Fat
62g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Vitamin A 4439IU 89%
Vitamin C 29mg 32%
Folate 197mcg 49%
Sodium 687mg 30%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 6mg 34%
Magnesium 136mg 32%
Potassium 663mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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