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Pea Pasta

This Pea Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that uses a few simple ingredients to create something delicious. The peas are cooked in a little broth with plenty of olive oil and garlic until they are tender and sweet. This simple sauce is then tossed with pasta and sprinkled with a bit of crispy bacon and some grated parmesan. So yummy and so easy! You can use any pasta you like for this recipe, so it is a great standby for when there is very little food in the fridge!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 695kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 1 lb pasta - see note 1
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1 ½ cup broth - see note 2
  • 5 garlic cloves - thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 cup crispy bacon bits - see note 3


  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil for the pasta.
  • Salt the water generously (at least 1 tablespoon) and add the pasta, set the timer for 1 minute less than the packet suggests.
    1lb/450g pasta
    1 tablespoon salt

  • While the pasta is cooking, add the olive oil, frozen peas, broth, sliced garlic, salt, and pepper into a skillet. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes until the peas are soft. (there will still be plenty of broth left in the pan)
    3 tbsp olive oil
    3 cups frozen peas
    1 1/2 cup broth
    5 garlic cloves - thinly sliced
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper

  • Use a large measuring cup to reserve 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and add it to the peas. Cook over medium heat, turning the pasta over in the broth to finish cooking.
  • Add the butter and the parmesan, and continue to stir.
    2 tbsp butter
    1 cup grated parmesan

  • If the pasta starts to look dry, add 1/4 cup (or more) of the pasta cooking water.
  • Taste the dish, adding more salt and pepper if needed, and then serve sprinkled with the bacon bits and extra parmesan.
    1 cup bacon bits
    extra parmesan -to serve


  1. You can use any pasta shape you like here: spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine or pappardelle (as shown in the photos), farfalle, penne, rigatoni, or spiral pasta works well.
  2. Use vegetable or chicken broth/stock.
  3. I use storebought bacon bits, but you can fry off your own bacon if you prefer. (Then use the bacon drippings in place of the butter!)


Calories: 695kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1436mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 928IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 3mg
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