Tomato and Peas Pasta (Quick n Easy)

Tomato and Peas Pasta (Quick n Easy) is an extremely delicious, quick and healthy recipe. It’s a recipe enjoyed by all age group and tastes fantastic served hot or cold.

tomato-peas-pasta-1Did I mentioned that ‘Winter’ is my favorite season! It’s also a season of comfort food shared with loved ones, old traditions and maybe starting new ones too. Do you have any ‘Family Tradition’ that no matter come what may, you definitely follow?
Today, I’ll share one of ours, it’s a one started by my Mom or you can call it a mom-daughter thing which later became a whole family/extended family / friends thing 🙂 Everyday after school, we sat down for lunch together and there were day’s when I was fussy to eat vegetables or just about anything. So Mom, was always making recipes which either hid the veggies so well, that I wouldn’t come to know or add the one’s I liked (which were like none :). And one of those days, our Indian market got flooded with then magic food ‘Pasta/Macaroni‘ and it was a boon for all parents and kids together – Win Win situation 🙂 !  From then, every week Mom made this ‘Tomato-Peas Pasta‘ for lunch and upon request, she started making more to be packed in lunchbox for next day.tomato-peas-pastaInitially it started as recipe for just the two of us, but later was shared across family, friends and was almost anyone who asked. It also became our favorite ‘Family Movie Night’ dish along with a hot cup of soup. Everytime she made it, I would love to help here around and that became our fun-time together. Mom’s recipe is fairly simple and the pasta sauce was made from scratch. Even after moving to USA, I still make this recipe on movie nights/girl’s night in and it’s loved by one and all. Over the years, the only change I’ve made was to start using ** Ragu’s  – Old World Style – Traditional Pasta Sauce ** as it gives you the same homemade sauce taste and reduce the cooking time to half – Who wouldn’t want that! Did you know that Ragu – Pasta Sauce recipe was created in 1937 by an Immigrant lady ‘Assunta Cantisano‘ and they still use the same recipe, although they have many more pasta sauce varieties now – check them **  here ** .
tomato-peas-pasta-3The good part about this recipe is that it can be made in a big batch (to be stored for later use up to 2 days), tastes great served hot or cold and you seriously can just about add any veggies (grated or thinly chopped) as per choice. For this particular recipe, I’m using ‘Whole Wheat Riotini(corkscrew shape) but you can use any pasta or even glutenfree paste (if you’re allergic to or avoiding gluten). Once the pasta is made, just sprinkle some chopped cilantro and shredded cheese and you are good to go. It seriously taste and smells so wonderful, that everytime we end up eating more 🙂
Here’s a quick picture of what you need:pasta-ingredients-ragu

You can find ** Ragu Pasta Sauce ** (link) in your favorite grocery store in Pasta/Sauce Aisle and here’s couple of reason’s WHY I’m using it:
• Slowly simmered to add layers of flavor
• No. No. No (no artificial flavors, no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup)
• Affordability (Seriously, the 24 oz jar, actually helps make 2-3 meals)tomato-peas-pasta-2Give this simple yet comforting dish a try and trust me your picky eaters would love it too. I would love to hear about your Family Tradition too. Also, make sure to check more recipes from ** Ragu ** #simmeredintradition #ragu

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Yields 4

Tomato and Peas Pasta

2 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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2 Cups Whole Wheat Riotini Pasta - you can use any pasta

4 Cups Water - to cook pasta

1 Cup Peas

1 Cup Ragu Traditional Pasta Sauce

1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro - chopped

1 Medium Jalapeno - thinly chopped - Optional

Pinch of Garam Masala - Optional

3-4 Tbsp Shredded Cheese

2 Tbsp Olive Oil - you may use any light oil

Salt-Pepper - as per taste


  1. Cook pasta as per package instructions and keep aside.
  2. In a pan, heat oil and saute green peas for 2 minutes.
  3. Add garam masala (optional) and saute.
  4. Now, add the pasta sauce, saute evenly and cover cook for 3 minutes. (over low heat)
  5. Add the cooked pasta and saute everything.
  6. Cover and cook for another 2-3minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving dish.
  8. Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro, jalapeno and cheese.
  9. Serve fresh or store in air-tight containers to be stored in fridge for upto 2 days.
Cuisine: Italian | Recipe Type: Entree

26 Replies to "Tomato and Peas Pasta (Quick n Easy)"

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    Dana January 7, 2016 (9:54 pm)
    This looks incredible! So simple, but so bright and flavorful as well, I'm sure. Totally going to whip this together soon.
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      Molly Kumar January 8, 2016 (6:32 am)
      That would be fantastic Dana - give it a try soon n thanks for visiting!
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    Autumn @Mamachallenge January 7, 2016 (10:43 pm)
    That sounds realy good! I love how easy it is to make!
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      Molly Kumar January 8, 2016 (6:31 am)
      Thanks Autumn, it seriously is that easy :)
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    Sarah January 8, 2016 (12:20 am)
    What a yummy recipe - and - it looks so easy to make! Thanks for sharing!
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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat January 8, 2016 (1:05 am)
    I was just about to say quick and easy is my middle name but then when I thought about it, it sounded kind of sketchy so instead I'll just say that I love how simple this recipe is ;) Yum!
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      Molly Kumar January 8, 2016 (6:30 am)
      Hahahha...I can so imagine, food does that to me too :) Glad you liked it .
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    Eileen January 8, 2016 (1:54 am)
    I love this recipe, simple and just delicious. I love the addition of Garam Masala, it takes this to a higher level. Thank you for sharing
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      Molly Kumar January 8, 2016 (6:29 am)
      Thanks Eileen, yeh the garam masala is the twist but goes great with the recipe :)
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    Kathi @laughing spatula January 8, 2016 (3:19 am)
    I love winter too. And pasta! This looks so comforting !
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      Molly Kumar January 8, 2016 (6:28 am)
      YaaaY to Winters n All the yums!!! Thanks Kathi, glad you liked it :)
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    Chelsea January 8, 2016 (3:21 am)
    I always have peas on hand so this is the perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe for me.
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      Molly Kumar January 8, 2016 (6:27 am)
      That sounds like an ideal plan :) Give it a try soon n thanks for visiting :)
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    Marlynn at UrbanBlissLife January 8, 2016 (7:32 am)
    Aww I love the story about your mother/daughter tradition! This looks beautiful and delicious; I always love bright, colorful dishes! And I love winter too. Pasta is always a great comfort food during these cold months :)
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      Molly Kumar January 11, 2016 (10:22 pm)
      Thanks Marlynn. Pasta is seriously an easy peasy comfort food :)
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    Joanie @ Zagleft January 8, 2016 (12:43 pm)
    Easy recipes are just what I need. I love how easy this comes together and it looks delicious too!
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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy January 8, 2016 (2:14 pm)
    It's funny I have never put peas in pasta before. Love easy quick dinners....and pasta is such a great way to make it fast and easy.
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      Molly Kumar January 11, 2016 (10:17 pm)
      It tastes really good Gloria, especially when mixed with all the pasta sauce n everything. Thanks for visiting :)
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    Emily January 8, 2016 (11:48 pm)
    I always love quick and easy pasta dishes like this that you can throw together quick, plus with the addition of peas I know my kids would love this! Looks great!
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      Molly Kumar January 11, 2016 (5:25 am)
      Isn't it - I'm glad they would like it too - Enjoy n thanks for visiting :)
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    Ange @ Little Kitchen Blue January 10, 2016 (6:02 am)
    Its always handy to have a quick go to meal with some store cupboard ingredients. Your pasta looks so pretty too :-)
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      Molly Kumar January 11, 2016 (5:06 am)
      Thanks so much Ange, totally agree on quick meals, they are a savior :)
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    Dini @ The Flavor Bender January 11, 2016 (4:10 pm)
    This looks so good Molly!! Plus it's great for Meatless Mondays too! I love quick and easy meals!

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