Spaghetti and Peas

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    Spaghetti and Peas Recipe

    One of the simplest of one pot meal has to be Spaghetti and Peas. So simple, I almost didn’t post it! Wholesome and filling, it literally only takes 20 minutes to prepare (including time to boil water). You can see why we make this easy pasta recipe so frequently!

     

    Spaghetti and Peas is an easy pasta recipe that the whole family will love. Only one pot and 10 ingredients to a family friendly meal!

    Pasta and peas is often thought of a as a children’s dish. You know, when all they want is buttered pasta and cheese? I like to think of it more as a layperson’s Cacio e Pepe Recipe, a traditional Roman dish of fresh pasta topped with a good quality parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.

    But I like adding veggies and in this case frozen peas will do the trick. I also add shrimp sometimes. I buy fully cooked frozen shrimp and toss them in as well. You can add other veggies (preferably frozen to cut down on time) but then the dish won’t be spaghetti and peas any more!

    To ensure you are making the best Spaghetti and Peas, start with quality ingredients. A simple dish demands having really good ingredients. Buy a wedge of Parmesan cheese or use a Pecorino and skip on the pre shredded bottle junk that doesn’t require refrigeration.

    Also use a good quality pasta, freshly ground black pepper (not pre-ground) and Maldon sea salt. Of course, you can make allowances and not get all fancy, but try your best for the best staples.

    The other concept is simple, it all goes in the same pot. Cook your spaghetti until nearly al dente and fully cooked before adding peas and frozen shrimp (if desired).

    Throwing in those frozen foods will act like a giant ice cube and bring the boiling process to a halt, so you want to make sure your pasta is nearly cooked. The hot temperture of the water will defrost the peas and shrimp rapidly and only require another 2 minutes before straining.

    All that is needed is a little butter in colander, move it to a dish and then top it with your goodies. Hubby also like crushed red pepper for heat, but that is totally optional.

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    Spaghetti and Peas
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     
    Spaghetti and Peas is an easy pasta recipe that the whole family will love. Only one pot and 10 ingredients to a family friendly meal!
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American, Italian
    Keyword: spaghetti and peas
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 385 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 8 ounces spaghetti uncooked
    • salt for seasoning water
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
    • 1 cup frozen shrimp optional
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese finely shredded
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • Maldon sea salt
    • crushed red pepper
    Instructions
    1. In a large pot or saucepan, boil water according to spaghetti package directions. Salt well.
    2. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Two minutes before spaghetti is scheduled to be finished cooking, add frozen peas and frozen shrimp (if applicable). Cook on high for an additional two minutes, or until peas and shrimp are defrosted. Water may not come back to a boil.
    3. Strain in a colander and toss with butter. Spoon onto serving dishes and top with Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper and Maldon sea salt. You can also add crushed red pepper, if desired. Enjoy!
    Nutrition Facts
    Spaghetti and Peas
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 385 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 10g15%
    Saturated Fat 5g31%
    Cholesterol 104mg35%
    Sodium 504mg22%
    Potassium 296mg8%
    Carbohydrates 50g17%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 21g42%
    Vitamin A 690IU14%
    Vitamin C 23.1mg28%
    Calcium 220mg22%
    Iron 2.3mg13%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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