Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pasta with Peas

A simple dish of lightly seasoned pasta with potatoes, onions and peas. Simple, filling, comfort food and one of my year-round favorites, but a great option for Lent too.
A simple dish of lightly seasoned pasta with potatoes, onions and peas. Simple, filling, comfort food and one of my year-round favorites, but a great option for Lent too.

Pasta with Peas

Lent has arrived, so I'll be sharing some very simple, non-recipe "recipes" over the next couple weeks to add to my list of Lent-friendly meal ideas. Some you will likely be familiar with already for Lent, others may be a reminder of recipes you've forgotten about.

Most of them, like this one, actually come from the Depression-era, when meals were simple, cheap, filling and meat free. They are actually meals that I eat throughout the year, especially if I'm on my own for dinner.

Before any of my Italian readers get up in arms, this is not, nor is it intended to be a form of Pasta e Piselli, which often contains a light Parmesan and Romano sauce, though sometimes is heavy in tomato instead, typically contains far more peas than pasta, which is usually a tube style pasta like ditalini, and no potato. While this recipe shares two ingredients with Pasta e Piselli, pasta and peas, it's apples and oranges and that's the limit of comparison. This is not that.

I hope that you enjoy this addition to the recipe selection here on Deep South Dish website, but please remember that if you aren't observing Lent, you can find the more typical recipes that you are looking for anytime, by browsing through my Lent collection as well as the Recipe Index, where you'll find my roundup collections of Classic Southern recipes, Gulf Coast Favorites, Cajun and Creole recipes, Casseroles, Skillet Meals and much, much more!

This recipe of pasta with peas, like the tuna macaroni I also love so much, is such simple comfort food and one of my year-round favorites when I'm not feeling like a full out meal, but it's also a great option for Lent. Here's how to make it and as always, the full recipe text with measurements and instructions are located further down the page. Just swipe or scroll past the pictures below!

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a lidded saucepan. Add onion and potatoes, cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until onions are softened. Add water and pasta; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, add peas, seasonings and tomato paste, if using. Cover and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat and leave covered. Taste and adjust for seasonings before serving.


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Recipe: Pasta with Peas

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min

Total time: 1 hour 40 min
Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup diced potato
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup small shells or ditalini pasta
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning, or to taste, optional
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste, optional
Instructions

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a lidded saucepan. Add onion and potatoes, cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until onions are softened. Add water and pasta; bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, add peas, seasonings and tomato paste, if using. Cover and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat and leave covered. Taste and adjust for seasonings before serving.

Cook's Notes: I also added a couple shakes of Bragg's organic sprinkles {affil link}. May substitute 1 (15 ounce) can sweet green peas, undrained, but reduce water to 1 cup, add liquid from peas with water, but wait to very gently stir in peas, until end of cooking time to avoid smashing them up; warm through. Potatoes may be peeled, or unpeeled.

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