Pea, Cheddar & Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche

Pea, Cheddar & Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche – a delightfully light quiche recipe with the perfect balance of savory flavors.  An easy to make dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner. A slice of Pea, Cheddar and Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche topped with thin avocado slices with a spinach side salad and a blueberry muffin on a large plate
For the Pea, Cheddar and Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche, I started by scrambling six eggs and mixing in 3/4 cup of half and half which made the eggs light and fluffy.  In a skillet, I cooked to a perfect crispiness, several slices of pancetta which filled the kitchen with one of the best aromas there is!   I crumbled the crispy pieces of pancetta into the egg/milk mixture, then I added peas and a hefty helping of sharp cheddar cheese and a few other spices.

A slice of Pea, Cheddar and Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche topped with thin avocado slices with a spinach side salad and a blueberry muffin on a large plate I poured all of this deliciousness into a buttered pie dish and baked it in the oven for just about an hour.

In a word, heavenly.  This crustless quiche was so light and fluffy. The saltiness of the pancetta was balanced perfectly by the sweetness of the peas and in each savory bite was the surprising discovery of the tangy cheddar cheese.

A slice of Pea, Cheddar and Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche topped with thin avocado slices with a spinach side salad and a blueberry muffin on a large plate Just a word about crustless quiches…Have you ever tried one?  I love to make them and they are so easy to make too.  Just take a look at the picture above to see how the quiche forms it’s own crust when it’s baked.  There’s no need for a floured crust at all.  In fact, I think a pie crust sometimes takes a little something away from the wonderful flavors of most quiches.  In this particular case, I know a crust wouldn’t be necessary – there are too many wonderful things happening here.

An added bonus is that crustless also means “low carb” and lower in calories too.  I’ll exchange those calories for a big chocolate chip cookie, thank you!

A slice of Pea, Cheddar and Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche topped with thin avocado slices with a spinach side salad and a blueberry muffin on a large plate next to two glasses of red winePea, Cheddar and Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche is great for dinner but it would be perfect for breakfast or brunch too!  I topped it with a few slices of avocado and garnished the top with a sprig of mint and served it with a light Pinot Noir.

As I mentioned, I love to make crustless quiches and I’ve listed a few of my favorites below.  Have you ever made one?  What would your favorite flavor combination be?

Thank you so much for reading!

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Pea, Cheddar & Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche

Pea, Cheddar & Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche - a delightfully light quiche recipe with the perfect balance of savory flavors. An easy to make dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings: 1 crustless quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter plus 1 tablespoon more for buttering the pan
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 ounces sliced pancetta
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • slices a few of avocado and mint for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Use 1 tablespoon of butter to grease the pan and set aside.
  • Heat a skillet on medium high heat. Melt the butter in the pan.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Pour the onions and garlic into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Return the skillet back the the stove and reheat again on medium heat. In batches, add the pancetta and cook until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate and let drain briefly. Crumble when cool.
  • Crack open 6 eggs into the mixing bowl.
  • Add in the half and half or cream and whisk together.
  • Stir in the peas, cheese, crumbled pancetta, chopped mint, salt and pepper.
  • Pour into buttered pie dish and place on a large baking sheet.
  • Bake until the quiche is puffed and golden brown, about 1 hour.
  • Granish with slices of avocado and mint, if desired.

Take a look at some of the other crustless quiches I’ve made…

Creole Crustless Quiche

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Roasted Potato, Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Crustless Quiche 

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 Roasted Sweet Corn and Kale Crustless Quiche

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Roasted Tomato and Feta Crustless Quiche

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24 thoughts on “Pea, Cheddar & Crispy Pancetta Crustless Quiche”

  1. Seriously looks so good. I was planning on making a quiche for brunch, but I’m inspired to forgo the crust all together. Less fuss + Less Calories = 🙂

  2. Des @ Life's Ambrosia

    This looks fantastic! I love Peas and pancetta together. I love going to different places and recreating the dishes when I get home. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been to Italy but I still try to recreate some of the dishes I ate while there. It’s my favorite part about traveling!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. A huge part of traveling is the food for me. It’s so much fun to bring a part of what we experienced on our travels into our homes.

  3. Years ago, before children ruled our lives, my husband and I took a trip to England and Ireland. One of the highlights of the trip was the food, especially the bread baked daily in the bakeries. Your post brought back fond memories.

    I love crustless quiches, too. I love to combine veggies, meats and cheeses according to what is in my fridge or on sale at the store. Your combination sounds superb!

  4. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T

    I’m wishing this would show up on my table tomorrow morning. Delicious way to start the day!

  5. amanda @ fake ginger

    So fun! I love recreating dishes we have while traveling. This looks delicious! Anything with pancetta is okay in my book!

  6. Melanie | Melanie Makes

    Absolutely love this flavor combination – I don’t blame you at all for making this as soon as you got home. Sounds like the perfect dish for brunch!

  7. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen

    I was in London during college with about 2 cents in my pocket, so sadly there wasn’t a lot of good eats. We are making plans to go in a few years, and I am looking forward to a more “foodie” trip!! Thanks for the tip about Yelp, I never would have thought to use it. This looks yummy and filling!

    1. Thank you. We love Yelp. My husband uses in when he’s on business trips and we even use it locally to discover new restaurants.

  8. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    We use Yelp when we’re traveling to – it hasn’t steered us wrong yet! Since I don’t make crusts, a crustless quiche sounds perfect!

  9. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Love the crustless quiche idea! The crust is definitely the most time-consuming part, and time is not something I have extra of these days! Pinned 🙂

  10. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    I like to make quiche for dinner, too. Then the leftovers are ready for breakfast the next day! The combination of peas, cheddar, and pancetta sounds wonderful. Pinned!

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