As we rush through the weekdays, it reaches a point where we just want that one-pot meal comfort. At the same time, it is one that the family loves to have so we don’t go to bed hungry. When it comes to cooler weather, pasta becomes the biggest comfort food, next to mixed rice varieties or pulaos. It is on winter nights that one pot versions are superb, less wash up more time to put up your feet. Today’s one-pot pasta with peas is a creamy delicious, comforting recipe.
Collect the ingredients
Short cut pasta –one-pot pasta recipes do well with short cut pasta. This is because the cooking time is very short for these. Also, the choice of pasta depends on the type of sauce used. Since the sauce here is a light creamy one, the lighter pasta like ziti, orecchiette, or macaroni will work well.
Frozen peas– the ease of this dinner is in the fact that frozen peas cook just in two minutes, yet are nutritious and fibre rich. We use the peas in our gnocci recipe too.
Cream- pouring style cream is the base for the sauce here. I have used it straight out of the can. Along with the added flavours, the cream adds a delicateness to one-pot pasta
Flavours – I have used black pepper and mixed Italian herbs to flavour this pasta. The Italian herb mix is a dry mix with oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme predominantly. There is a bit of marjoram added too. If you like you can add dried onion flakes, dried garlic and chilli flakes to the mix. This is very handy to flavour your pasta or flavoured toasts.
Garlic – chopped fresh garlic, sauteed first and then add the pasta and the rest of the ingredients. This gives a garlicky one-pot pasta you can make.
Pesto– along with the cream stir in a tablespoon of pesto. Oh my God! That is the best quick one-pot pesto pasta you can have at dinner
Cheese- stir in shredded mozzarella when the pasta is warm of that creamy cheese pasta, that too made quicker than ever.
Fresh or frozen peas?
Ziti and Peas
- deep pot
- 1 cup pasta dried, short cut
- salt to taste
- 2 cup drinking water
- 1 cup frozen peas fresh or frozen
- 1/4 tsp crushed black pepper
- 1/4 tsp italian herb mix
- 1/4 cup cream pouring style, not whipped.
- 1 tbsp basil rolled and chopped
- Into a deep pot, add the water and set it to heat up.
- As the water comes to a boil add the pasta and salt.
- Let the pasta cook.
- Once the pasta has cooked without a white centre, the water would have almost dried up.
- Now stir in the peas and cover for two minutes.
- The peas will cook within this time. Add the black pepper and italian herb mix.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the cream and stir the pasta well
- Add the chopped basil and the pasta is ready to be served.
Other reliable pasta recipes on the blog
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