Ziti and Peas – One pot weeknight dinner.

Ziti and Peas , one pot weekday dinner

A quick addition for under 30 minutes week day dinner , or should we say a busy day dinner is a quick cooking “One pot Zitti and Peas”.

Than having multiple pots and  lots of wash up lets make a one pot weekday dinner. Less wash up, happy mommy. ( see me smiling as a Cheshire cat- you will too with this one pot version). Ziti is a tube shaped smooth and easy pasta to cook. It holds a smooth sauce well too.

 Why peas?

Peas of course,  is a classic combo for the dinner. It is highly appealing to kids as it doesn’t look voluminous to eat.  As a legume is versatile and takes up well with a tomato base sauce of the pasta.



Nutritionally, peas are rich in fiber  and as a legume provides a good amount of protein. It is useful as a high energy provider. The fiber content  and low glycemic index being high is useful for diabetics. Peas has been the highlight of recent studies due to the Coumestrol content which is recommended in stomach cancer control. It has been  proved to be highly effective in reducing inflammation too.

As much as a pea is loved as a food , they are a farmer friendly crop as it can fix nitrogen in the soil and help to reduce the extent of chemicals used as fertilizers.

Its far easier for the kids to embrace the sweet flavour of the pea, to make this dish a successful tummy filler.

Ziti pasta and Peas

Ziti and Peas

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Ziti and Peas , one pot weekday dinner

Ziti and Peas

One pot Weekday Dinner
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, International, Italian, Kids choice, One pot
Servings 4 people
Calories 241 kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 shallot
  • 8 ounce ziti pasta dried, approximately 1 cup
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 cup drinking water
  • 12 cherry tomatoes or one diced tomato
  • 1 cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup cheddar grated
  • 1 tbsp basil rolled and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel the garlic and shallots and mince well. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and set them aside.
  • Into a big heavy pot add the oil roast the shallots and garlic
  • Add the cherry tomatoes halved and saute for a minute.
  • Add in the tomato puree, water and salt, Bring it to a gentle boil.
  • Add in the Ziti Pasta and cover.
  • Stir around every four to five minutes till nearly all the water is absorbed.
  • Add in the Peas and Stir for a couple more minutes.
  • Sprinkle cracked black pepper to taste
  • To serve, add the hot pasta to the bowl and top with cheddar and chopped basil.
  • The cheddar will melt gently giving a creamy texture to the pasta


The variety of Pasta can be swapped to Penne or Elbow Macaroni.


Serving: 100gCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 249mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6g
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4 years ago

Awesome. Simple yet appetising. Ovi is not a tangy tomato lover hence my version always ended up as creamy catbonara with tonnes of peas and mushrooms????????????.

Poonam Bachhav
3 years ago

This one pot meal sounds so cool and flavorful !

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