Pasta salad with peas is one of my all-time favorite summer sides. It’s cool and refreshing on a hot day! What’s your favorite summer “go-to”?
Pasta Salad with Peas
- 1 cup rotini pasta, uncooked
- ½ cup frozen peas
- ¼ cup pasta water
- 2 tbsp oil-based Italian salad dressing*
- 2 tbsp fresh onion, minced
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
Bring one quart of water to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add pasta and boil until al dente, about 7 minutes or according to package directions. Add peas in the last minute of cooking.
Drain pasta, reserving ¼ pasta water. Do not rinse.
Place pasta in a bowl or sealable plastic bag. Add pasta water and Italian salad dressing and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Drain pasta and return to bowl.
In another small bowl, mix onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, pepper and salt. Toss with cooled pasta and peas. Refrigerate until the salad is well chilled.
*Use olive oil, if desired.
Hack: Store tightly covered leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Did you know? Traditional “white” pasta has gotten a bad rap lately but there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there, either with carbs or without!
Use this homemade Italian salad dressing for the overnight soak!
Creamed pearl onions and peas is a classic dish that many of us remember from the holiday dinner table. But why wait when you can have it anytime?
Creamed Pearl Onions and Peas
- ½ cup frozen pearl onions
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- ½ tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (optional)
Simmer pearl onions in water for 5 minutes. Drain.
Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 3 minutes.
Add peas and saute for 1 minute.
Add flour, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined with butter.
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, and simmer until sauce has thickened (1-2 minutes).
Add Parmesan, if desired. Serve hot.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Did you know? Peas are a member of the legume family and bring you a host of nutritional benefits. Pearl onions are also rich in vitamins and minerals! Who knew?
Suggestion: This dish would taste great paired with another classic favorite: Meatloaf!
Creamy chicken and peas…comfort food at its finest!! It’s a fast and easy one-skillet meal that takes the work out of preparing dinner!
Creamy Chicken and Peas
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup sweet onion, chopped
- 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1” cubes (1 cup)
- 1 cup frozen petite peas
- 1 cup butternut Bechamel
Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until onion is soft.
Add chicken and peas. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink.
Add Bechamel sauce and heat until warm.
Serve over pasta or rice.
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in portion-sized containers for up to 3 months.
Hack: Frozen chopped onions can be used in the recipe.
Handle chicken with care! Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry..
Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.
Penne pasta with tomatoes and peas is a vegetarian option that’s quick, light and super simple. This dish is a winner at any meal!
Penne Pasta with Tomatoes and Peas
- ⅔ cup uncooked penne pasta (2 oz)
- ¼ cup frozen peas
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1½ cloves garlic, minced (1½ tsp)
- ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¾ tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp dried basil
- ⅛ tsp black pepper
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Stir in the peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
Add oil to a saute pan and heat over medium-low heat. Saute garlic for 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
Increase heat to medium-high, add tomatoes, basil and parsley. Cook for 1 minute.
Add pasta, salt and pepper to pan, cook for 3 minutes or until heated through.
Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.
Did you know? Traditional “white” pasta has gotten a bad rap lately but there are plenty of healthier alternatives out there, either with carbs and without!
Suggestion: For a more protein-rich meal, add some Italian meatballs!