Pasta piselli (pea pasta)

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By mammamic



  • 1 white onion finely chopped or diced

  • 1 handful parma ham cubed (optional)

  • 1 handful peas (fresh or frozen but not tinned)

  • 75g pasta (preferably a type of macaroni)

  • 1 parmesan/grana padano or similar, grated (to serve)


  1. Slowly soften (do not brown) the onion in the olive oil.
  2. When the onions are softened, add the peas - continue to cook gently.
  3. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
  4. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water. When pasta is 'al dente' (cooked but slightly hard), drain and add to the onion and peas.
  5. Stir gently for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add pepper to taste and serve with plenty of grated cheese.

Handy Hint

For the meaty version, cook the ham/pancetta until well cooked, drain and put aside. Continue with method above and then add at the end with pasta.

As tasty as this is, it is also very versatile as a base dish. You can add cream, creme fraiche etc at the end or use alternative in season veg - we also like this with asparagus, chard, broccoli etc.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Low fat

  • Pasta

  • Kids can help

  • bacon

  • peas

  • italian

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  • mammamic 17/06/10 15:02

    a favourite in our house and very adaptable. a quick, nutritious healthy dish