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This is one of my favorite easy meatless meals! Have I mentioned lately that I’m the one that has to be healthy but everyone else can get sick? This week, everyone in the house is sick, including me. Unfortunately, I have a lot of deadlines due this week and I’m in the middle of a few projects so that means I don’t get to be sick right now. Since I decided giving everyone cold cereal for dinner wouldn’t be a great idea, I’m turning to one of my favorite easy meatless meals for Lent – Pasta with Peas. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
Easy Meatless Meals for Lent: Pasta with Peas
Before you click away because Pasta with Peas doesn’t sound very good, trust me, it really is delicious. It’s creamy without a huge amount of extra calories like an alfredo sauce but it still has a lot of taste.
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- 1 12 ounce box of pasta of your choice
- 1 small bag of snap peas (ends removed)
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 small bag of frozen peas
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
- 1 cup of ricotta or cottage cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta until almost done according to package directions.
- Add the snap peas (to the water) and then one minute later the frozen peas (to the water).
- Drain and keep one cup of pasta water.
- Put the pasta and the peas back in the pot.
- Add the butter, garlic, tarragon and ricotta with about half of the reserved pasta water.
- Stir until the sauce coats the pasta, adding more water if needed.
- Add salt & pepper and serve.
This is a super easy meal for a busy night and it still manages to be healthy. Cottage cheese is slightly lower in calories than ricotta and is also less expensive so if those are things that are important to you, you can substitute cottage cheese. I don’t notice any difference in taste personally when I do this. You can easily make this a gluten free meal by using gluten-free pasta.
Enjoy this easy meatless meal during lent or anytime you want to save money on your grocery bill.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.