roma pappardelle

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Y'all... you have to understand how I am about to ask you this question... You know that movie "Cars"? I know you do.  You know that character "Mator"? Yeah, I know you know! Well, when I ask you this question... Will you please use your Mator voice in your head? It makes it better I promise. 
With that fancy title above, I done went and made y'all think I was Italian or something, didn't I? 
Okay. We have that out the way. This is a light little pasta that I fancied up with a different style noodle.  No other reason than to tickle my own fancy and make my kids say something about it! I added green beans because I wanted to add a little something green.  I'm so simple like that. 
It's tasty! Enjoy :) 


  • 1 lb Pappardelle Pasta cooked according to the package 
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil 
  • 1/3 cup diced onion 
  • 2.5 oz chopped pancetta 
  • 1/4-1/2 cup chopped haricot vert green beans *I love these green beans, but you can use whatever you have! I use frozen ones, but feel free to use fresh or drain some canned ones** you can also just leave them out- it is only to add a veggie, doesn't change the flavor- you can also use peas or carrots (carrots may sweeten it up a little) 
  • 1/2 tsp salt- more to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 basil leaves 
  • 24oz datterini marinara sauce 


  • Boil noodles and set aside 
  • Add the Olive Oil and pancetta to the pan 
  • Heat pan to medium 
  • Allow the pancetta to cause little brown bits on the bottom- it adds a good flavor 
  • After the pancetta has browned a bit, add the onions and cook down until translucent, not allowing them to caramelize 
  • Add the jar of marinara or homemade marinara 
  • Add green beans or veg of choice
  • Add all seasonings and basil and allow it to cook down a little
  • You may need to add a bit of water, add as much as you want without making it too watery- start with 1/4 cup at a time 
  • Add pasta noodles to sauce and toss around 
  • Serve and add parmesan cheese on top