What does “comfort food” mean to you? To us, it means this perfect, familiar dish that’s quick and easy to boot. You actually cook the peas just by draining the pasta over them in the colander!

Average Cost: $3.94
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Average Cook Time: 15 minutes
Average Servings: 6

Recipe Source: ChopChopFamily.org


  • 2 Cups (about 10 ounces) frozen peas (do not defrost them)
  • 1 Pound small-size whole-wheat pasta shapes ( 16 oz.)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1⁄2 Cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1⁄2 Tsp kosher salt black pepper


Step 1

Put the peas in the colander and put the colander in the sink.

Step 2

Fill the pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over high heat.

Step 3

Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 12 minutes. Just before the pasta is done, use the mug to carefully scoop out 1/2 cup or so of cooking water and set it aside.

Step 4

Drain the pasta in the colander with the peas. Put the pasta and peas in the bowl and add the oil, butter, salt, and pepper. Mix well. If the pasta seems dry, add some of the reserved cooking water, then mix again. Add the Parmesan cheese.

Utensils Needed

  • Colander
  • Large pot
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Pot holders
  • Mug
  • Large serving bowl


Serving Size: 1 2/3 Cups

Total Fat9.6 g
Saturated Fat4.5 g
Cholesterol18 mg
Sodium396 mg
Total Carbohydrates62.8 g
Dietary Fiber10.1 g
Total Sugars5.6 g
Added Sugars0 g
Protein19.2 g