Ditalini with Pork and Peas

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Ditalini with Pork and Peas is tiny pasta with meat sauce and peas.

Grandma called this depression food as it was an inexpensive meal her mom growing up that fed the whole family easily on a budget.

This dish really can be made with any kinds of beans, meats, or pasta.

The meal is quick and easy to prepare besides being delicious and we make this often on cooler days.

My grandmother would always make this during the week to finish up any leftover Sunday sauce and whatever meat was in the sauce instead of boneless pork meat as we do now.

Again as I mentioned any meat or even meatless is fine the sauce is delicious

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this is a big pot of pasta pork and peas made with leftover sauce and meats from the week

Steps To Make Pasta, Pork, and Peas

  1. brown the meat
  2. add the sauce and seasonings
  3. simmer until the meat is tender
  4. add the peas
  5. cook the pasta separately, drain and serve

Ditalini with Pork and Peas

Meat Suggestions

  • boneless pork
  • boneless chicken cubed
  • Italian sausage sliced
  • veal cubed
  • lamb cubed
  • meatballs
  • venison steak cubed 
  • beef cubed

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Ditalini with Pork and Peas is pure comfort food.

The best recipes coming out of the 1930s era and the best memories and delicious meals to date, I wouldn't change a thing.

I miss the love that went into it, but those memories live on in the kitchen.

Ditalini with Pork and Peas

Ditalini with Pork and Peas

Yield: 8
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Old fashioned pork with peas and pasta grandma used to make when I was a child


  • 1 can 28-ounce Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 pounds boneless meats, (any cubed pork, beef, lamb, chicken, veal, venison meatballs Italian sausage)
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 can peas or any beans you prefer
  • 1 bell pepper cleaned and cut into slices
  • 1 cup ditalini boiled to al dente to package instructions or another small baby pasta
  • Italian seasoning taste around 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup Cabernet wine
  • salt pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic to taste
  • 1 cup water add more if gets too thick
  • 1/2 cup Romano cheese and more for the top
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each:
  • oregano
  • basil
  • parsley
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • Optional: 2 cups red beans, 2 bell peppers or hot peppers sliced


How to cook Ditalini with Pork and Peas

  1. Brown the pork, add the seasonings.
  2. If using peppers add now with the garlic saute for 2 minutes then add sauce.
  3. Simmer on low around 25 minutes adding 1/2 cup grated cheese and water to keep it a medium thickness if too thick add more water. 
  4. Boil pasta separately. 
  5. Add ditalini that's been cooked to package instructions al dente' to the sauce. 
  6. Serve in a bowl with grated cheese on top.
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Don't Forget to Try Some Other Italian Classic Recipes Below:

Escarole Stoup Hearty Soup
String Bean  Beef Stew
Venison Stew
Chicken Parmesano Pasta Fazool
Chickpeas and Orecchiette Recipe 
Pressure Cooker Pork Roast Stew

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1 comment

  1. Wow, this surely is a vintage recipe of the 60's! So comforting and really delicious. I could see my grandson mopping up the sauce with crusty Italian bread! Thanks for sharing old memories, Claudia!xo


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