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Pasta with Peas (Easy, One Pot Cooking)

This savory pasta with peas is very popular staple in the Italian kitchen! With only a few ingredients, you can have this one pot version ready in less than 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 222kcal
Author Marie


  • 1 pound pasta in the US, 1 box is usually 1 pound
  • 4 cups peas 12 ounce bag has about 2 cups peas; cans have about 1.5 cups each. (more is fine!)
  • 1 large onion diced (I like to use sweet onion)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes optional

Optional for serving

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • grated cheese parmesan or locatelli
  • toasted breadcrumbs
  • bacon, ham, pancetta may be cooked to use as topping or cooked with onions and added when cooking pasta and peas.


  • Add olive oil to large pan along with red pepper if using and saute about 1 minute over medium heat until fragrant.
  • Then add diced onion and continue cooking for about 3 or 4 more minutes OR until onion becomes translucent and starts to darken just a little bit.
  • Add frozen peas (or canned if using) to pan and heat for about 3 minutes until peas have defrosted and are tender.
  • If you like peas that are very tender and are using frozen fresh peas, I recommend cooking the peas longer (low and slow), up to 10 minutes over very low heat (keep covered to trap steam/moisture). Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add ⅓ to ½ cup water if the mixture dries out but also to help tenderize peas if cooking longer.
  • Add pasta to pan and then pour just enough water into the pan to barely cover the pasta and peas.
  • Give everything a good stir, cover, bring to a boil and cook pasta according to instructions (typically 9 to 11 minutes). You may uncover or place lid ajar after the mixture comes to a boil.
  • When pasta is finished cooking, ladle pasta with peas into bowls, and add extra broth if desired.
  • Optional: Drizzle with additional olive oil, fresh black pepper, grated cheese, and/or toasted bread crumbs.


Instant Pot Instructions: 
  • Using the saute feature, cook the onions with red pepper flake and olive oil.
  • Add pasta, peas, and add just enough water to cover ingredients.
  • Cook on manual pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Use quick release
  • Serve with chicken or vegetable broth if desired
  • Top with grated cheese, black pepper, and/or breadcrumbs (breadcrumbs not recommended with broth).
May also make pasta with peas using leftover peas, ideally that have been cooked with onion. Simply boil pasta and mix with peas, adding optional broth, cheese, black pepper, etc.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1638IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg