Ditalini Pasta with Peas and Parmesan

6-Ingredient Ditalini with Peas and Parmesan is the perfect lazy-night dinner. All you need is a few ingredients and less than 20 minutes of time to make this yummy ditalini pasta recipe.

ditalini recipe

What I love about this recipe is that it’s cooked up quick and can feed a family.

I would have to say this ditalini is definitely great for winter. All you need are frozen peas, fresh parmesan cheese, butter, and the other ingredients that can be found in your pantry.

The Six Ingredients You Need

ditalini recipe ingredients
  • Ditalini pasta
  • Peas
  • Parmesan cheese (I used rennet-free)
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Olive oil

What can I add to Ditalini pasta?

The options are endless, here are a few ingredients that work well. Pesto, Marinara sauce, sundried tomatoes with garlic, parmesan, fetta, or asiago cheese, butter, artichoke, and olive oil. Peas and parmesan are my two favorite combinations.

How do I make good pasta?

1.) Use a large pot that holds lots of water.

2.) Make sure the water comes to a rolling boil, not a simmer.

3.) Season the water with plenty of salt. That is the chance to season the pasta.

4.) Stir right after the pasta is dumped into the water.

5.) Remove once the pasta is al dente–make sure the pasta is not mushy (usually 10 minutes of cook time).

6.) Drain well, and serve immediately.

The options are endless.

how to make ditalini
Step one: saute the onions Step two: add the peas and cheese Step three: mix and eat.

What are the benefits of peas?

Peas contain fiber, Vitamin A, iron, folate, and Vitamin C just to name a few benefits.

Fun fact: Over two hundred years ago, any man who went out to sea knew they had a 50-50 chance of returning alive–not because of pirates, or a rough storm, but because of the lack of Vitamin C that would cause the deadly disease Scurvy.

What can I use in place of Ditalini pasta?

Any equal parts of your favorite pasta.

What are Ditalini noodles?

A small tube-like pasta that is thumb-sized and used in soups like minestrone and white bean soup.

Read the recipe from start to finish. You will better understand the flow of the recipe and identify any unfamiliar words or methods.

Shop for the ingredients beforehand. When you shop ahead, you are less likely to swap out ingredients for what you don’t have, thus creating a complete recipe fail!

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Ditalini with Peas and Parmesan

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


6-Ingredient Ditalini with Peas and Parmesan is the perfect lazy-night dinner. All you need is a few ingredients and less than 20 minutes of time.



1/2 pound Ditalini pasta

4 quarts water

a generous amount of sea salt

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup diced onion

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup parmesan cheese


In a large heated skillet, add the olive oil and the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the diced onion, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent and brown around the edges. When ready set aside. Now we will boil the pasta.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 10 minutes).

Right before the noodles have finished cooking, add the frozen peas in with the pasta. Cook in the same seasoned water for about two minutes.

When ready, strain the pasta and peas. Transfer the pasta and peas in with the onions. Toss and mix to combine.

Add the parmesan cheese and mix.

Serve right away with extra cheese and cracked black pepper on top.


  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: handmade
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: ditalini, ditalini recipe, ditalini recipes, ditalini peas and parmesan


  1. Lindsay says:

    I added some lemon and crisped up crumbled high quality chorizo on top! Fantastic! Husband had 3rd’s!

    1. I am so happy to hear that, Lindsay!

  2. Jeremiah says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I need to impress my Italian friend and Ditalini looks like a good idea!

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