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Bowl of pasta with peas
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Pasta with Peas

Bursting with fresh spring flavors and ready to serve in less than 30 minutes, pasta with peas is a perfect family meal that everyone will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 315kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 10 ounces frozen peas thawed
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil plus more for serving
  • 1 ½ cup pasta water
  • 12 ounces fusilli or other short pasta
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 ½ cup of the cooking pasta liquid.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 more minute.
  • Transfer the thawed peas to the skillet, saving a couple tablespoons for serving. Add the basil and 1 cup pasta water. Bring sauce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender to blend the sauce until it’s smooth and consistent. Use a strainer to strain the sauce or an extra creamy consistency.
  • Transfer the cooked pasta to the skillet with the peas sauce, salt and pepper and toss until well coated. Add as much of the extra ½ cup reserved pasta water as desired to thin out the sauce.
  • Add the reserved whole peas, parmesan cheese and stir until everything is well combined. Serve with fresh basil, if desired.



Storage: The pasta will keep for 4 days in an airtight container.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg