I first tasted this when I lived in Naples Italy, it was served as a first course at a friends house where I went for lunch. Lunch in Italy lasted 2 or 3 hours and was the main meal of the day. There were several courses and it was eaten leisurely over the space of about 2 hours. Very different from the quickie lunches we have here in the US. I watched my friends Grandmother make this soup and was taken first by it’s simplicity, only a few ingredients but there was something about it that was so warm and comforting and delicious. My recipe is basically the same as what I observed the only thing that I do differently is that I add a pinch of lemon zest, it brightens the flavors and adds so much to the dish IMHO. I like to use fresh pasta but you can use dried it’s perfectly fine and works just as well. Feel free to use whatever type of pasta you like, for this I like long pasta, linguine is my favorite. You can also feel free to use parmigiano instead of romano if you like or mix them. It’s all good!!
Serves 2-4 depending on serving size
32 oz chicken broth or stock
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/2 pound fresh or dried pasta
1 large egg at room temperature beaten
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of lemon zest (Optional)
Bring your broth or stock to a boil in a large saucepan, add the peas and cook for 3 minutes, add the pasta (If using fresh it only takes about 3 minutes to cook, dried takes longer 8 minutes approximately) NOTE: If using dried pasta it takes much longer to cook and you don’t want to over cook the peas. Dried pasta depending on the type can take 8-10 minutes so add the peas the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Beat the egg and add the grated cheese to the egg, combine. Remove pot from the heat and pour the egg in slowly stirring as you add. Add salt and pepper if you like, I like to add a pinch of lemon zest also, its optional. Serve with more cheese grated on top.
I love the sound of this recipe. Will be trying it out this week and the picture is lovely.
Thank you so much, I love how easy this is to make. Do let me know what you think if you make it.
I will definitely make it, its just my sort of dish and I will let you know whether I put the lemon zest in or not!
Pasta con piselli is delicious 🙂 I a similar version of your recipe a few times in restaurants in Italy. Nice idea to add a little bit of lemon zest.
Oh thank you so much, what was added in the restaurant in Italy? I was thinking pancetta would be nice. I am so thrilled that you like this recipe.
I’ve tried a version where chopped artichoke hearts (the ones in oil) were added. If you like artichoke then maybe try it. Artichoke and artichoke hearts are quite popular in Italy.
Adding pancetta sounds like a good idea but I can’t say if it tastes good because I’ve never cooked pasta con piselli with pancetta. It sure sounds delicious though!
Thank you I love the idea of using artichoke hearts, I use them all the time in many different dishes. Thank you so much, pancetta is just one of my favorites and I would add to so many different dishes.
This dish looks so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!
I love the idea of adding artichokes to it 🙂
Thank you so much, I think adding artichokes is a wonderful idea.
This pasta dish looks very delicious my friend 😀
Thank you so much!
This looks so deliciously simple. Sometimes the best dishes are the simplest ones. I would be tempted to add some fresh mint as peas and fresh mint is a combination to die for in my opinion. I’m defintely going to try it when the mint grows back in our garden. By the way, I just love the photo 🙂
Oh yes, mint would be wonderful you are so right mint and peas are a perfect pairing. Thank you so much.
I love the simplicity of this wonderful sounding soup, Suzanne. It’s pure Italy and perfect for a cold winter day in front of the TV!
Thank you Susan, it is perfect for a cold day, it is so warm and comforting and yes very simple.
Suzanne, this is a beautiful and elegant recipe. I love the peas, pasta, and pecorino romano cheese together. Looks soothingly delicious 🙂
Thank you Judy, it is so simple to make I’ve used homemade broth and the kind that comes in a box, fresh and dried pasta and any way you make it its good.
This sounds and looks amazing!
Thank you Julia, so nice to see you. Haven’t seen any posts for a while. This is a really simple but totally delicious dish!!
I know – I FINALLY found the time in all the crazy business that has been happening in my life to just now post again – I hope things continue to settle down and allow me to get back into it.
I’m putting this recipe on my list of things to make for 2013!
This is one of my mom’s favorites. When I was a child, she used to cook it all the time. It is a great, great dish, indeed.
Thank you Francesca, my Mom made something similar but she used acine di pepe instead of long pasta. It was always one of my favorites.
This looks and sounds really delicious!
As a cultural/geographical remark, note that meal habits vary considerably in Italy depending on where you are. I guess much like in the US where you can find differences between the East and the West Coast, between the Northern and the Southern States or between large cities and smaller towns, you can notice similar dynamics in Italy.
So, for instance, in Milan (just to mention one large city in Northern Italy) you would be hard pressed finding someone who can afford the luxury of a 2/3 hour lunch, or that even has the stamina to endure one! 🙂 Much like in other busy cities in the world, during weekdays people usually grab a sandwich at lunch or sit down for a one course meal and then still need to function at work in the afternoon! 🙂
Other parts of Italy have different habits/cultures.
Thanks so much Stefano, I spent most of my time in Naples and I was told this was how it is everywhere, I couldn’t imagine everyone in Italy stopping work for 2-3 hours but thought, wow if thats the case I really like it. In a way it’s good to know that it varies by city, the people that I knew actually took naps, which was inconceivable to me, napping mid afternoon, Wow!! I was not working so was not pressed for time so 2-3 hours was fine with me but I am certain this is the exception rather than the rule. Thank you so much.
I’m so behind on everything but this looks so beautiful and so delicious!! Another fabulous dish that is simple, the best kind. I love the addition of peas and lemon zest! I bet the flavors are wonderful!
Thank you, it is so simple but really is very good. I love simple!
Loving the sound of this! So simple but so good!
Thank you so much, its so simple a great weeknight meal.
This looks and sounds so delicious. I mean I can almost smell it through the screen!! I agree that it’s a great weeknight meal!
Thanks Suzie, it’s a quick weeknight meal, The prep time is almost nothing.
Looks delicious! I too add lemon zest to everything from blueberry muffins to soups – its just that extra citrus kick that can wow a recipe.
Thank you and yes lemon and lime for that matter are always in my kitchen, citrus brightens and totally give a recipe the wow factor.
comfort and lovely pasta recipes…..
looks so yummy!
Thank you so much!