Pasta and piselli

Or pasta and peas. Actually, as you can see, my love for peas promptly transformed this pasta and peas into peas and pasta.

I have to confess I love peas. I find English peas are one of the best vegetables and I am saddened every time I see sugar snap peas or any other poor substitute of the amazing English Shelling Peas.

Pasta with peas

Unfortunately here peas are not that popular and I can only find them a couple of times a year.  So when I find them once or twice a year my heart skips a beat and I have to have them! And there are only really one or two recipes I can think of making. One is beef stew and one is pasta with peas.

This is the simplest version with just peas and . By the way I might have gone a bit overboard with the amount of peas, but as I mentioned I love them. If you love them less than I do, which is entirely possible and actually very probable, you might stay on a more even peas to pasta ratio.

Pasta and piselli


  • 1 lb English peas
  • 3 oz. pasta (shells or cellentani)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • black pepper
  • salt


  1. Boil water for pasta, salt it and add the pasta. After about 2 minutes add the peas to the water and keep cooking until the pasta is cooked but still very al dente. Drain pasta and peas.
  2. Add the pasta and peas back to the pot and add the milk. Cook until the milk has become sort of a cream (it might curdle a bit at the beginning but as the pasta absorbs the liquid it will become creamy again).
  3. Season to taste with pepper and salt.
  4. Enjoy hot and start counting down for the next lucky peas find!

Oh and for good measure I planted a couple of those peas. One little plant has sprouted and another one seems to be about too…. will I get peas???

Pea plant sprouting. Will I get peas?

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9 Responses to Pasta and piselli

  1. Frank says:

    I’m a bit fan of pasta and peas. In our family we made the typical Italian-American version where the peas are braised in a soffritto of onion and olive oil, perhaps a bit of parsley—so this completely different take on the dish has got me curious. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Tiffany says:

    I love the simplicity of this dish!

  3. I love peas too…what a cool pasta dish. It should be called peas and pasta…. the peas are the star here. 🙂 I love your baby pea plant… wishing you much success with growing it and may you have an abundance of peas to enjoy. 🙂

  4. I love peas too and was surprised you can only get them a few times a year there!

  5. Gio says:

    una bella pasta e piselli come Dio comanda! 😛
    e che buono anche quel pao de queijo!!
    buon we

  6. Peas are one of my favourite vegetables but you know what? I had no idea that they were called piselli in Italian! Lovely looking pasta! 😀

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