Recipes made in Italy by Italians in Italian. Translated for You with Love

Peas with Spring Vegetables and Quail’s Eggs

Here's a colorful recipe for lunch or as a starter for dinner. Make it with sweet fresh peas. You can easily turn this into a vegetarian recipe by leaving out the pancetta and using 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for cooking the vegetables. If you can't find fresh marjoram, use oregano.


Blanch the peas and snow peas/mangetouts in lightly salted boiling water for 5-6minutes.

Place the quail's eggs in a small saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring the water to the boil. Remove the eggs from the water after they have boiled for 3 minutes. Rinse under cold running water and peel.

Slice the scallions/spring onions into short lengths, using the green and white parts. Place the pancetta in a skillet or frying pan and heat slowly until the pancetta gives up its fat and becomes golden. Stir in the scallions/spring onions and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add the peas and snow peas/mangetouts and the radish halves and cook for 4-5 minutes more, stirring.

Remove the pan from the heat and arrange the vegetables in a serving dish (orserve from the pan), with the quartered quail's eggs, herbs and salt and pepper totaste.

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