Easy Meatless Meals for Lent: Pasta with Peas

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Last Updated on December 12, 2020 by Ellen Christian

Looking for meatless meals for Lent? Try my Pasta and Pease recipe. It’s one of my favorite meatless Friday meals that we enjoy during Lent.

Easy meatless meals for Lent - Pasta with Peas & Ricotta #LentenRecipes

Easy Meatless Meals for Lent: Pasta with Peas

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 that 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. 

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.

a bowl of peas on a blue and white cloth

What do you eat on Meatless Friday?

There are lots of different meatless meals you can enjoy that you probably eat regularly and just haven’t thought of. Fish and seafood are typically allowed by the Church on Meatless Friday and during Lent. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Broccoli quiche
  • Cheese pizza
  • Ravioli or tortellini and marinara sauce
  • Tortillas with refried beans and cheese
  • Potato soup
  • Fettucini alfredo with broccoli

Easy meatless meals for Lent - Pasta with Peas & Ricotta #LentenRecipes

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.

What can you eat for Lent besides fish?

Tuna tends to be one of my favorite meatless meals for Lent because it’s affordable. But, there is no reason that you can’t enjoy seafood. Why not consider scallops, lobster, shrimp, or clams.

Or, salmon would be a nice change from tuna.

Looking for meatless meals for Lent? Try my Pasta and Pease recipe. It's one of my favorite meatless Friday meals that we enjoy during Lent.

Pasta with peas recipe

This is one of my favorite meatless meals for Lent. It’s relatively inexpensive. And, it’s very simple to make. 

You can serve it as a side along with salmon if you don’t think it will fill everyone up as the main dish.

Did you know that one cup of peas has 8 grams of protein? That’s why it makes the perfect choice for this meal.

Yield: 4

Pasta with Peas

Looking for meatless meals for Lent? Try my Pasta and Pease recipe. It's one of my favorite meatless Friday meals that we enjoy during Lent.

Looking for meatless meals for Lent? Try my Pasta and Pease recipe. It's one of my favorite meatless Friday meals that we enjoy during Lent.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta until almost done according to package directions.
  2. Add the snap peas (to the water) and then one minute later the frozen peas (to the water).
  3. Drain and keep one cup of pasta water.
  4. Put the pasta and the peas back in the pot.
  5. Add the butter, garlic, tarragon, and ricotta with about half of the reserved pasta water.
  6. Stir until the sauce coats the pasta, adding more water if needed.
  7. Add salt & pepper and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 295mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

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20 thoughts on “Easy Meatless Meals for Lent: Pasta with Peas”

  1. This is great! I always have a hard time coming up with meatless recipes for lent... we usually fall back on good old cheese pizza. Haha!
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  2. Your Pasta and Peas dish looks delicious!  Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
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  3. Yum!  this looks like such a good recipe for the spring and summer months.  I love pasta dishes that aren't heavy when the warm weather swings back around. Thanks for sharing this one!
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  4. This is such a terrific recipe that is healthy and I will have to make this simple, easy recipe for Lent. I love peas and pasta together!
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