Pasta and Peas {recipe}

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Pasta and Peas is one of my family’s favorite recipes, and a good one to keep in your back pocket to pull out on short notice. In fact, all the recipes this week share that common thread of “pasta and _____.” Easy, quick and inexpensive these recipes call for ingredients so be sure to keep these pantry staples on hand. I like to keep a bag of peas in the freezer for those “Aaaak! It’s 6:00 and I haven’t given dinner a thought!” moments. Do you ever have those? Flavored with bacon (again with the bacon!) and onion, this recipe comes together in a jiffy. Watch the video for my little tip about bacon.

Pasta and Peas


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bag of peas
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ box broken spaghetti or ditalini
  • salt to taste, about 1 tsp


Heat oil on medium heat in a saucepan. Brown bacon and onion in the oil. Add the peas and sauté for about 5 mins. Pour in enough water to more than cover the peas and bring to boil. When the water is boiling, add the pasta. If the water level is low, add HOT water. Add salt to taste. To prevent pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan, stir, stir, stir! When pasta is al dente and water has mostly evaporated, serve sprinkled with black pepper.

Another video as part of my cooking school:

A delicious yet easy recipe using few ingredients!

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I'm a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I'm always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I'm fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

19 thoughts on “Pasta and Peas {recipe}

  1. Sheila, would you serve some meat along with this? I know you said pasta isn’t a side dish, so I’m trying to figure out where the protein is! All of these recipes look soooo good!

      1. Okay. I’m back! Do you serve meals in courses at home? (I’m SUCH a southern girl in my cooking! Thanks for your patience! I really am curious about other ways of cooking/eating/serving!)

        1. Only when I’m trying to eat on plan. Otherwise you could consider this a “meatless Monday” kind of meal.

    1. If you make this with Dreamfield’s pasta it’s even on plan for THM. Maybe a bit of a crossover with the oil and bacon. But not too bad. The key is portion control!

      1. I was thinking of this as a good option that Caleb could learn to make because he loves bacon, loves peas & absolutely loves pasta of all types. He loved the soup I made with ditalini recently. I showed him this recipe & he was eager to try it! He is 14, is growing like crazy and runs up to 6 miles a day. Almost everything sounds good to him. Bonus if it has bacon! & pasta! ?

        As for me, I have “Not Naughty Noodles” in a cart ready to order & try so Imay save cross overs until I’ve been doing the plan for a bit!

  2. Adding peas to our pasta has always been a favourite around here….glad to see them a part of a very Italian recipe…although the only reason we use them is because, like you said, it’s more of a : Oh man, it’s supper time and I don’t know what I’m doing…..situation.

  3. This really looks delicious. It reminds me of a recipe I used to make that I learned from Giada. I’m gonna try this one! Thanks!

  4. Made this by following the rules of the internet – any recipe you make from a blog must be tweaked slightly. Added a tiny bit of garlic and used chicken broth for part of the liquid (had some to use up). It was delicious and I even got approval from my picky eater. Score!

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