fresh peas pasta

Pasta and green peas, also known as pasta e piselli, is a unique combination of al dente pasta and sweet green peas. It’s a such delicious and easy meal perfect for busy weeknights.

Made with simple ingredients for convenience and maximum flavor. This pasta dish is hearty, warm, and tasty, if you like Italian food, you can’t miss out on this one.

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This pasta and peas dish is also also highly customizable. You can add grated vegan parmesan, and basil, or use any type of pasta.

Served with vegan garlic bread, I have to say, this dish is a keeper. Every time I make this dish, my family always enjoyed this recipe.

So if you’re looking for a super simple yet cost-effective one-pot meal, then this pasta and peas recipe is the place to start.

Pasta And Green Peas (pasta e piselli) – Why You’ll Love This Recipe

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  • A tasty and complete meal on its own. Perfect for busy weekdays.
  • It’s made with simple and wholesome ingredients that are both flavorful.
  • This dish is super fast and easy to make. 
  • It has bright flavors and vibrant colors. Even your kids will love it!
  • A customizable dish that you can use whatever pasta you want, add more veggies, and use the cheese of your choice to suit your taste!

Ingredients For Pasta And Peas: 

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  • 1 1/2 cups Short type of dried pasta 
  • 1/2 cup Yellow onion, finely chopped 
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Fresh or frozen green peas 
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil, divided +2 tbsp for boiling pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Vegan parmesan or (nutritional yeast, aka. nooch)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper 
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, stem removed and finely chopped

How To Make Pasta With Peas

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  1. Place a frying pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the fresh garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the fresh peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside when done. Keep 2 tablespoons of peas aside for garnish (optional).
  2. Add the peas, remaining olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley in a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Then sprinkle in the nutritional yeast or freshly grated parmesan. Blend until it starts to thicken.
  3. In a large pot, bring to a boil some water and season with salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Simmer and cook pasta according to package until al dente then turn off the heat. Keep a cup of extra pasta water aside for later use.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the pasta in the sauce until well coated. Adjust the consistency if it’s too dry with the extra water used to cook the pasta. Taste and check seasoning. garnish with more peas, fresh parsley, and parmesan cheese at the end. Enjoy!

Kinds Of Pasta To Use

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Pasta with green peas is a versatile dish, and you can use a variety of short pasta shapes to create a delicious meal. Here are some other types of short pasta that work well with this recipe:

  1. Fusilli: Fusilli’s corkscrew shape is great for trapping the peas and sauce, ensuring every bite is full of flavor.
  2. Farfalle (Bowtie): The flat, bowtie-shaped pasta is not only visually appealing but also pairs nicely with green peas.
  3. Penne: Penne’s cylindrical shape with angled ends can hold the sauce and peas, making each bite satisfying.
  4. Orzo: Though orzo is technically a small pasta shape, it works wonderfully with green peas, creating a unique texture and flavor combination.
  5. Gemelli: The twisted, double helix shape of Gemelli pasta adds a delightful texture to the dish and captures the peas and sauce well.
  6. Radiatori: Radiatori’s ruffled edges, nooks, and crannies make it an excellent choice for catching the flavors in your dish.
  7. Cavatappi: The spiral-shaped cavatappi is another fun choice, and it’s great at holding onto the peas and sauce.

If you want to try this recipe, feel free to experiment with these pasta shapes to find the one that you like best, or use whatever you have on hand.

The combination of short pasta and green peas is a canvas for your creativity in the kitchen, allowing you to enjoy a delicious meal with a variety of textures and flavors.

Tips, Variations, And Substitutions

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🍝 Fresh basil -Use this as a garnish and as an herb with your sauce. It will add a fantastic aroma and an earthy fresh taste to your pasta.

🍝 Red pepper flakes – This will add heat and an appetizing red color to your pasta making it stand out more. Only add a small amount at a time. Add extra if needed.

🍝 Frozen peas – If fresh peas aren’t available to you then you can use frozen peas. You can cook them directly from the freezer. Just remember that they have a different cooking time. Or you can defrost it for an easier cook.

🍝 Any vegan cheese – aside from grated parmesan, you can also use any cheese you like. Just grate it on your pasta and twirl away.

🍝 Vegan butter or other vegetable oil – Aside from olive oil you may also use any oil you have on hand. This will add richness and a velvety mouthfeel to your dish.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is This Pasta Recipe Vegan?

Every ingredient used in this dish has been selected to fit the vegan diet.

What Do I Do With Leftovers?

Keep the pasta and the sauce in separate airtight containers and store them in the fridge. This will keep for about 3 to 5 days.

What Can I Use In Place Of Parmesan?

You can use nutritional yeast, feta, or any vegan cheese Use whatever suits your taste or what is available to you. This pasta recipe is flexible, so you can add your favorite cheeses as well. Enjoy!

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Green Pea Pasta (Pasta e Piselli)

Green pea pasta is a super simple yet tasty meal with everyday ingredients like short pasta, vegan parmesan, and olive oil.
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 504kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

  • cup dried pasta short types
  • ½ cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • tbsp vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parsley stem removed and finely chopped

Instructions

  • Place a frying pan over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the fresh garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the fresh peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Set aside when done. Keep 2 tablespoons of peas aside for garnish (optional).
  • Add the peas, remaining olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley in a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Then sprinkle in the nutritional yeast or freshly grated parmesan. Blend until it starts to thicken.
  • In a large pot, bring to a boil some water and season with salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Simmer and cook pasta according to package until al dente then turn off the heat. Keep a cup of extra pasta water aside for later use.
  • In a large bowl, toss the pasta in the sauce until well coated. Adjust the consistency if it’s too dry with the extra water used to cook the pasta. Taste and check seasoning. garnish with more peas, fresh parsley, and parmesan cheese at the end. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1person | Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1234mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg

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