Easy Peasy Pasta
Frozen peas are naturally convenient, quick-cooking, and just a touch sweet, making it the perfect base for this truly 30 minute meal. I love to make the sauce with fresh jalapeno, pistachios, and a generous amount of lemon zest to celebrate the freshness this hearty pasta brings to any meal. The cottage cheese? An extra creamy, protein-filled, bonus. If you have extra sauce, store it in a jar and freeze or eat as a dip with carrots/crackers etc!
4 Servings
May 9, 2023














oz. bag frozen peas

servings of any pasta

cup cottage cheese

cup toasted pistachios

cup fresh basil

Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Tbsp lemon zest, for garnish

cloves garlic, grated

Tbsp olive oil, divided

cup grated parmesan


tsp kosher salt

tsp ground black pepper

Tbsp butter

Step 1

Bring water and 1 Tbsp salt to a boil. Add the entirety of frozen peas and let simmer for 3-5 minutes, until peas are soft to the bite. Use a slotted spoon or sieve to remove 1 cup of peas and set aside in a boil. Catch the remaining peas and place them into a blender. Use the remaining boiling water to begin cooking your pasta to al dente (instructions for al dente on pasta box).

Step 2

Make the sauce while the pasta cooks: Add the cottage cheese, pistachios, basil, lemon juice, garlic, 2 Tbsp olive oil, parmesan, jalapeno, kosher salt, pepper, and ¼ cup of the pasta water into the blender. Blend until it creates as smooth of a paste as possible.

Step 3

Strain the cooked, al dente pasta, making sure to reserve 2 cups of pasta water as you strain. (I like to place a glass measuring cup or bowl in the sink and then pour the pasta water through a large colander or sieve so the water reserves into the cup). Place cooked pasta back into the saucepan, add the remaining 2 Tbsp of olive oil, and toss.

Step 4

Add 1 cup of the reserved pasta water into the blender and blend sauce until smooth. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly. Add 2 cups of the sauce to the pasta and set to low heat. Stir and add more pasta water a few Tbsp at a time. Add the reserved peas and the butter and continue to toss for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce coats the pasta and is smidge looser than you’d prefer. Serve immediately with fresh lemon zest and more grated parm!