Make Ahead

Grandma's macaroni and peas

May 17, 2011
Author Notes

My Italian American Grandma was not a convenience food lady. Everything was made from scratch. Pizza, pasta, and cake. But for this dish she used canned peas and tomatoes. It just works so that how I do it now. I always have peas, pasta, and tomatoes in the pantry. It's my go to cheap, easy, and yummy meal. —leigh frat

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 onion medium chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can tomato puree (8 ounces)
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1 can sweet peas (8.5 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 box pasta small shells or other small pasta
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Saute onion in olive oil until soft Add 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Add can of tomatoes and water. Also add the remaining salt. Cook 20 minutes.
  3. Drain liquid from peas. Add peas to sauce. Cook 15 minutes.
  4. Add cheese to the sauce.
  5. Cook pasta according to the directions until al dente.
  6. Drain and add pasta to the pea sauce. Enjoy.
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