Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad is probably the easiest pasta salad recipe in the world.  Takes just 15 minutes to make and contains only 4 ingredients!  Easy, fast, simple, and perfect for your Fourth of July cookout party.

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad

Yes, my clean eating diet/lifestyle is still on, BUT it’s always off whenever pasta is around…and ice cream…although that’s another story for another day.  It’s really so hard for me to say no to pasta.  I mean, I say no but it doesn’t listen.  It just gets right up in my plate and begs me to eat it.  Ruuuuude!  Then there’s the issue of how I feel like cheese needs to be involved whenever I eat pasta.  Seriously, if there’s two food ingredients that are destined to be BFFs for life, it’s pasta and cheese.  Doesn’t matter if the pasta is cold or hot either, it needs to be with some cheese.  Forever and always.

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad

A few weeks ago, the fine folks at Divella sent me a few varieties of dried pasta to taste and the one that stood out to me immediately was the bag of Mista.  Mista is all these cute little pasta pieces of different shapes and sizes mixed together and I just knew it was destined for a cold salad…with cheese.  Now, if you don’t know about Divella pasta, you should.  It’s the real deal.  Straight from Italy and they use only the best, all-natural ingredients.  Plus, they’ve been around for 125 years so they must know what they are doing.

Parmesan Pea Pasta SaladSo there I was, with my box of delicious Divella pasta and knowing that I wanted to do a cold pasta salad.  I had some farm fresh peas on hand and of course those babies were going in the salad.  Fresh peas in New England are the best thing you will ever pop in your month.  Trust me on this.  They are small, tender, and oh so sweet.  I try to use them in as many recipes as possible while they are in season because before you know it, POOF!…they are gone.  Carpe diem my friends 😉

Anywho, I played around with oil-based dressings but eventually settled on good ole mayonnaise.  The creaminess of the mayo and the rich flavor of the Parmesan cheese pair well with the pasta and peas.  It’s a match made in food heaven and one that I could sit down and eat enough for 10 people.  I have no self control when it comes to pasta, but then again, who does??

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad

By the way, I’m on vacation and camping right now in the NH White Mountains.  I made some of this Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad to bring on the trip and may even be eating some of it right now. #yum  Whether you’re camping, at a BBQ cookout, or just need a simple and delicious side dish for a family dinner, this pasta salad is one everyone will enjoy…but if they don’t, just let me know and I’ll be over ASAP to eat it 😉

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad

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An easy, simple, and delicious vegetarian pasta salad that takes just 15 minutes to make and contains only 4 ingredients!
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 pound of bite-size pasta, preferably Divella brand
  • 1 cup good quality mayonnaise, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Boil pasta according to package directions until al dente. The last 2 minutes of the pasta's cooking time, throw in the green peas. Boil the peas and pasta for the last 2 minutes, then drain and let cool.
  2. Place the cooled pasta and peas in a large bowl, add the mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. Mix until thoroughly combined, cover, and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Enjoy!!

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad

Parmesan Pea Pasta Salad


  1. says

    I love pasta and cheese too….sooooo much…..too much. I can do without icecream, but pasta? No way! I love pasta salads like this-easy to whip up and perfect to take along for Summer bbqs. I saw a couple of your pics on Instagram. Looks like you are having an awesome time camping! I haven’t been in so long, but hubby and I used to enjoy it. Nothing like the meals you have while camping, especially the breakfasts…those are the best! Enjoy yourself girl! xo
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  2. says

    Cheese and pasta are the best together, totally agreed! Maybe not so great for the waistline, but Ohhhh Soooo great for mah belleh! Love this pasta salad, Karrie! Farm fresh peas are definitely where it’s at! This pasta is perfect for this weekend! Keep on living it up in the pimped out camper!! Cheers, bestie! Xo
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  3. says

    Ohhhh – I love peas with pasta! A sweet little match made in heaven! This is a salad I can get behind! You best believe this will be on our table! The family will love it! Thanks for sharing, Karrie!

  4. says

    Karrie – I love this recipe. It’s right up my alley. I’m addicted to carbs and pasta is one of my favorites! I love the simple, fresh ingredients and I can’t wait to try this recipe. It’s perfect for summer! Enjoy your camping trip!
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  5. says

    Karrie, your vacation sounds so awesome!! Tell me more! Wait, okay, save some of it for when we meet up. 😉 Also, this: ” it’s always off whenever pasta is around” and ice cream. YUP, that’s why we’re friends. How can we say no to these things? And pizza. Don’t forget pizza! Haha. Btw, I love that you packed up some of this super yummy pasta salad to bring with you on your trip. Is there anything more satisfying that cold pasta that’s had time to soak in the sauces? 😉 Can’t wait to see ya! xo
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  6. says

    I love the simplicity of this recipe, and the fact that it has only four ingredients, it’s a perfect go-to dish. I’ll be making big batch of this soon and hoping there will be leftovers because I would want to eat it again and again! Have a great time camping!!

  7. says

    I’m with ya girl – cheese and pasta… it’s gotta be one of the greatest combos ever! I would totally hog the entire bowl 😉 Hope you guys have an awesome time camping! So jealous – we had to cancel our recent camping trip, but hope to reschedule. Have extra fun for me, and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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  8. Ben Maclain says

    Karrie, remember one significant rule: pasta and ice cream don’t count in any diet. Besides, it’s highly encouraged to include them in your diet, on a daily basis. I don’t know who said that, but I totally support this brilliant concept. Delicious salad, indeed! I love the combo of pasta and peas, and even though I am not a huge fan if mayo pasta salads, I will likely try tris one. Well done!

  9. says

    This pasta salad looks just perfect. I am gonna try it soon. I am sure my kiddo will love it and I will too. This is in my weekend menu for sure. :)

  10. says

    Karrie, this recipe looks fantastic! Your pictures are beautiful. I love the little shapes of the pasta… So pretty. I could eat this salad by the bowl fulls…. Yum!!! I am having a cookout soon. I am putting this on my list to make. Xoxo

  11. Hillary says

    This was super easy to make, and quite tasty! I used macaroni pasta and miracle whip (stuff I had on hand). The only thing I’d recommend is to add allot of pepper and salt just to give it that extra flavor, but hey, I like my food salty. I bet this would also taste good with some cayenne pepper.

  12. Sheri Krause says

    Luved this recipe, I added onions, celery, cheese and black cracked peeper. DELISH So refreshing!

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