One pot pasta with peas

One pot pasta with peas
Peas pasta is one of the most reliable, minimal ingredient weeknight dinner options,  that hardly needs an effort. Enjoy this one-pot pasta, under 15 minutes pasta for busy days knowing that you are still keeping it healthy.
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

The creamy peas pasta is one that pleases all ages. It is one we started making with the kids and stayed along all the way making our dinners easy. Here are the ingredients that you need to make this easy pasta
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.

Other additions

There are a good number of variations you can make with this pasta.
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?

Frozen peas are as simple as tossing in and stirring towards the finish to make this pasta. However, if you are using fresh peas, saute them first and then add the pasta to help them cook. You can replace the fresh peas with snap peas or snow peas to this recipe. Trim the ends and pull off the tough string. Slice them in half and add them straight as soon as the pasta is aldente.

Ziti and Peas

One pot Weekday Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine diabetic friendly, Fusion, International, Italian, Kids choice, One pot
Servings 4 people
Calories 241 kcal


  • 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.
    peas pasta
  • 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.
    spices for one pot pasta
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add the cream and stir the pasta well
    peas pasta
  • Add the chopped basil and the pasta is ready to be served.
    One pot pasta with peas


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
Keyword Pasta recipes, Winter warmers
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Serving suggestions

At times it is important to make it a complete meal. The pasta is perfect with white bean cranberry salad. As a munch on the side, we usually put out some Foccacia with olive oil, and balsamic dipping sauce. 

Other reliable pasta recipes on the blog

We made a few different types of pasta here are a few that we make often during weeknights.
Lentil penne
Pasta Fagioli
Avocado vegemite pasta
Spicy spaghetti
Fun and easy colour hanging aglio olio
Lemon macaroni

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7 years ago
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Awesome. Simple yet appetising. Ovi is not a tangy tomato lover hence my version always ended up as creamy carbonara with tonnes of peas and mushrooms. She will surely love how simple this is.

Priya Vj
2 years ago
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Simple to make but very filling and delicious..makes up for a quick ,light and simple dinner .

Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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Somehow have never thought of using peas on their own for a pasta dish. Got to try out this easy and creamy pasta dish. A quick and yummy meal ready in no time.

1 year ago
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Peas pasta sounds incredible with minimal ingredients. I would love to try this version Seema. I am sure my family will love this simple flavourful recipe.

1 year ago
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Such comforting dinner ideas are always welcome at home! I totally dig the idea of less wash up along with having a filling dinner !

1 year ago
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Simply yum pasta with peas. Hubby does not like the red sauce ones so this creamy sauce is definitely something he will love.

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