Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This dish is very economical, fast and really tasty. Made this when I was first married and money was very tight.(we were in the military). I still make it a lot, using different kinds of beans.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 ounces ditalini, small elbow or small shells
  • 12 onion, diced
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 1 can peas, undrained
  • 1 pinch dried basil, oregano,or both
  • 1 cup water (from cooking the pasta)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Start the water for the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile,heat a little of the oil in a sauce pan.
  3. Add the onions and cook until golden.
  4. (DO NOT BURN).
  5. Add the herbs, peas,and 1/2 cup of water and the rest of the oil.
  6. Keep warm.
  7. Drain the cooked pasta and put it in a bowl.
  8. Add the peas and mix.
  9. Add the rest of the water, if needed.
  10. I have also used Great Northern or Pork and beans--all undrained.
  11. You may add a diced tomato to the onions and peas, if you like.
  12. add the rest.
Most Helpful

I'm rating with stars because I misread the ingredients and used garlic instead of onion (the kids were screaming). But it was fast and easy and inexpensive and the kiddos liked it! Glad they ate some peas with their pasta.

5 5

This is a old Italian recipe, very good!

5 5

Easy & Delicious! I used Fusilli pasta, a whole medium sized onion, frozen peas, couple cloves of garlic (minced), a can of diced tomatoes, and the oregano & basil as written. Turned out great! Will definitely make again.