Gemelli Pasta with Bacon and Peas


Gemelli pasta is a popular Italian pasta shape that features two strands of pasta twisted together. With its unique shape and texture, gemelli pasta is perfect for holding hearty sauces and adding visual interest to your dishes. In this recipe, we will guide you through the process of creating a delicious gemelli pasta dish that is sure to impress your family and friends.


To make gemelli pasta, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound of gemelli pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound of Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Cook the gemelli pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and chopped onion, and sauté until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.

  3. Add the Italian sausage to the skillet, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sausage is browned and cooked through.

  4. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the skillet and add the dried oregano and basil. Stir well to combine and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Add the cooked gemelli pasta to the skillet and toss to coat the pasta evenly with the sauce. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the pasta is heated through.

  6. Serve the gemelli pasta hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.


Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?

Yes, you can definitely use a different type of pasta if you don’t have gemelli on hand. Penne, fusilli, or rigatoni would all work well in this recipe.

Can I substitute the Italian sausage with something else?

If you prefer a vegetarian option, you can substitute the Italian sausage with plant-based sausage or even diced mushrooms for added texture and flavor.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While the gemelli pasta is best served fresh, you can prepare the sauce ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Simply reheat the sauce on the stovetop and cook the pasta when you’re ready to serve.

How can I make this recipe spicier?

If you enjoy spicy flavors, you can add red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the sauce while it simmers. Adjust the heat to your preference by adding more or less spice.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftover gemelli pasta and sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Now that you have the recipe for a delicious gemelli pasta dish, you can impress your loved ones with your culinary skills. Enjoy the flavors and textures of this traditional Italian pasta. Buon appetito!

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