All About Peas…

When I think of pasta and peas I think of my mother-in-law, she use to make this simple dish for her lunch, she would drain a can of peas, saute garlic, onion and red pepper flakes in olive oil, throw in her cooked pasta and a generous amount of grated cheese, lunch was done in a matter of minutes. I still make it her way today, but replaced with frozen peas instead.

This is an updated version of pasta and peas, and if you like a little heat in your food like I do you’re going to love this. Thinly sliced jalapenos, shaved garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice all sauteed in olive oil make up the flavored sauce for this dish. Of course you can omit the jalapenos or at least reduce the amount if you like, but in my opinion go for the heat! This was so simple and sooooo good, I can’t wait to make it again!

Pasta with Peas and Lemon

1lb spaghetti
4 cloves shaved garlic
2 jalapenos seeded and thinly sliced
1 lemon zested
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cup peas
1/3 cup parmesan
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Cook pasta, while cooking heat a large skillet with the olive oil, add shaved garlic, sliced jalapenos, zest and juice, saute til golden, toss in cooked pasta, add grated cheese and a drizzle more of olive oil.
Recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine

Speaking of peas! Here’s a great salad composed of peas, feta cheese, radishes, red onion and mint.

After blanching 2 cups of frozen peas for 5 minutes, cool down with cold water. Make a dressing of 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon each of honey and red wine vinegar and 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard. Whisk together and toss with 1 finely diced red onion, 1/4 cup feta, 1/4 cup fresh mint, and 2 or 3 finely sliced radishes.

Have a great weekend and Buon Appetito!

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  1. I love the peas….in pasta, in soups, in everything.
    So simple and lovely.

  2. Gorgeous Spring colours here. This would be that perfect way to serve up fresh garden peas “coming to a farmers market near you.”

  3. I’m loving that salad Marie – and that pasta is another great reason to always keep some boxed spaghetti and frozen peas on hand. I’ve never made that before but it looks so quick and delicious. Happy weekend.

  4. I love peas with pasta and am definitely making the pea salad with the radishes.

  5. This looks so delicious! I just tried a recipe with pasta and peas the other day. It was so good. I can’t wait to try something like this with a bit of zing!

  6. Peas and pasta sounds yummy! Weirdly I’ve been on a pea kick adding it to my meals. I love how unfussy of a vegetable it is!

  7. I love peas with pasta, but that salad looks wonderful, and so darn simple. Thanks for sharing that one.

  8. Simple is best! My mom made a similar dish for us on meatless Fridays sometimes. (I suspect when her food money was scarce)She used LeSueur canned peas and broken up spaghetti.She left a little of the cooking water in the pot with the pasta and peas, then added a beaten egg with some grated cheese scrambling it in the pasta water to create a kind of egg drop soup effect. It was delicious. Love your salad too!

  9. I love peas and your simple pasta dish sounds delicious. I like the addition of jalapenos. I’m a huge feta fan so I am loving the idea of your pea salad. Perfect!

  10. I love the heat you added to this classic dish! It looks delicious.

  11. Delicious simple pasta! I will certainl try this one!

  12. I had a version of the pea,radish and feat salad but with sugar snap peas, sliced on the bias. Very fresh and a bit different.

  13. Wow, what an interesting pasta dish. So simple and it looks so good. I like all that pepper you ground on top – and that salad is a winner, too.

  14. This is a simple delicious pasta dish!!

  15. I love this stuff, Marie! Spring peas have to be one of my favorite foods and you’ve given me some great ideas. Oh, my mouth is watering…

  16. My kids grew up havin that spaghetti dinner – it’s one of the first things they lerned to cook. Love the addition of the jalapeno… And that pea salad is calling my name.I don’t even cook the peas. I just lot them defrost.

  17. That salad looks delicious. I’ve bookmarked it to make for lunches this week. Thanks!

  18. I love everything about this pasta recipe, the simplicity, the color and most of all the beautiful natural light in you pictures…..Awesome!!

  19. The addition of jalapenos really adds to this dish, Marie! I love spicy foods.

    Fresh peas are so good…I could even snack on them when they are raw.

  20. I enjoy peas in a pasta dish! I know that I will love this version of pasta and peas. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Peas and pasta were a staple growing up along with Peas, Eggs, and Onions. If you haven’t tried that, I highly recommend it! Ciao <3 Rachel

  22. Love this idea…anything with pasta I’m up for!!!!

    Be blessed!

  23. Great idea for my Meatless Monday tonight. The jalapenos give it extra zing!

  24. I have been looking for more recipes to make with peas, this is perfect! 🙂

  25. I love adding peas to my pasta dishes… they give it that extra something special. I like the jalapenos too!

  26. I have pea envy, Marie! I love that pasta dish – my husband could eat that every night. I like a kick to it, too. And the pea-radish salad is a sure taste of spring. Beautiful photos, too. Happy spring!

  27. that salad looks amazing. i’m a huge peas fan and thankfully so is my husband. These are two recipes I’ll be trying real soon.

  28. Both sound fabulous Marie. I love the addition of jalapeño to the pasta dish, that is brilliant!

    I’m about to post my Chicago restaurant experience, please stop by later tonight.

    Your friend,
    Lori Lynn

  29. what about pepper flakes in the oil? that would give it the bite you are looking for.