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.
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.
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.
So 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??
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 😉
- 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
- 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.
- 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.