Grandma's Pasta and Pigeon Peas

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grandma's Pasta Peas

Grandma's Pasta Pigeon Peas

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 45 Min
This is a simple recipe using tomato sauce, peas and pasta. The recipe is hundreds of years old and was considered peasant food in Italy when Grandma was growing up. It will feed many people for very little money.


  • In a food processor add :
  • 3 cloves of cleaned garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh celery leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Puree till a fine mixture.
  • In a large deep saucepan, add the above oil mixture, heat, add:
  • 2 (14 to 15 oz size) cans of pea's, saute peas till starting to brown.
  • Add:
  • 1/2 teaspoon each, parsley, basil, garlic powder, oregano
  • 1 small can of tomato paste + fill can with white wine to stir out the leftover  tomato paste
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup of fresh whole tomatoes or fresh plum tomatoes pureed in food processor
  • Cook until sauce thickens around 1 1/2 hours on low.
  • Open a 1 lb box of vermicelli or (other pasta of choice). Using half of the box, break into bite-size pieces, taking the long pasta and snipping the ends around 1/2 in size, place in a bowl while cutting up your pasta boil to package instructions.


  1. Drain pasta and add to the sauce mixture. 
  2. Serve with Italian Bread.
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  1. That looks so yummy :)

  2. This pasta with pea's looks just delicious and very conforting :)

  3. Anytime a dish name statrs with "Grandma's", it gets my immediate attention. This looks and sounds delicious.

  4. I love how you broke up the vermicelli. Looks perfect.

  5. My Nonna always made the most comforting recipes too. I miss her talks and dishes.
    Thanks for your Nonna's recipe ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  6. I love food like this! Claudia I am featuring this great dish on my Wednesday wanderings. Have a great day!

  7. A very yummy dish, thanks so much for sharing a family story & the recipe!

  8. Grandma definitely knew how to cook and so do you Claudia! It looks delicious!!!

  9. Pasta with green peas and vermicelli looks delicious.

  10. Another great family recipe :)

  11. Claudia, I love this! I want to make it. I have a question though. When you say two cans of peas, do you mean two cans of pigeon peas/gandules verdes (the latino kind sold by Goya, etc) or typical canned spring peas? Oh, and just fill the tomato paste can with white wine and add to the whole mix?
    Thanks & Please Advise, Lady:)

  12. Hi Stella... I actually use the spring peas but am sure you can use the pigeon peas that will work fine...yes add the wine to the small can of paste after its emptied. Its not much around 1/4 cup, add to the pot...thanks!

  13. Poppa Trix loves peas (i do too) and we both adore a nice red sauce - this looks really yummy.

  14. Isn't it great how family recipes evoke such good memories...and offer comfort. This is a perfect example...

  15. These looks so flavorful.Family recipes are the best.Fist time here..glad to find ur blog.

  16. Such a comforting and homey dish, that only can come with love from a grandmother. Such a nice tradition being passed down.

    Claudia, your photos are beautiful. What a change you've made with the lighting, and the setup. Yummy, dish, that the little grandson in my family would love the combination, including the peas!

  17. This looks yummy! Carbs that I can't eat right now...but pasta is my very favorite carb! ;)

  18. Tried and true family recipes are always the best!

  19. Tried and true family recipes are always the best---especially yours!

  20. Anything Grandma used to make has got to be delicious. Law of Nature! ;)

  21. Wow, what a comforting looking cup of goodness that is! Gotta try this one.

  22. Mmmm! Claudia-I love this soup and have had it many times! Love the broken up vermicelli. I could use a bowl of that right now for lunch;)hugs!

  23. Love it! So warm and wonderful with these flavors...your Grandmother was an amazing cook, as are you :)

  24. Love pasta, I could eat it every day. Pasta and peas looks like great combination! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Claudia, this looks wonderful. As usual, I am inspired and hungry after reading your post! :)

  26. Oh this is just PURE COMFORT FOOD in my book! I would love some of this right now!

  27. Our nonna's knew best, didn't they? We still eat many, many, many of the recipes of the poor, as my mother now calls them (cucina povera) and to this day, they are the best and most cherished family recipes. I've always adored the addition of peas with pasta too!

  28. "Depression era" meals were so comforting weren't they? I'd love this for breakfast - it nourishes and starts the day off right! Nice that you still make it and spread the word about these inexpensive but hearty meals.

  29. My mom made this back in the '50's (I'm old, I know!). I have so many memories of "macaroni and peas" and "macaroni and" everything else. These dishes were on the menu every week. My mom alternated vegetables every week depending on what was fresh in the produce stand.

    Food makes the best memories. Thanks so much Claudia.

  30. Pure and simple with good memories. Can't beat it! ~ Sarah

  31. This sounds like something I would love-thanks:@)

  32. So warm and heartwarming.

    Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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