“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”– Elsa Schiaparelli
Today I want to share with you a recipe that my dear friend Roe shared with me. Roe is a wonderful cook and even more wonderful friend. She grew up in an area that is affectionately known as South Philly. It is an area that originally was filled with immigrants from Italy. South Philly should really be known as the 21st Region of Italy. Roe shared with me a recipe called Pasta with Peas which a very good example of what has become know as cucina povera.
- 1 5 oz can of tomato sauce
- 2 small chopped onions
- olive oil
- pinch of oregano
- salt, black pepper, crushed hot pepper, parsley
- 1 15 ounce can of peas
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 can of chicken broth
- 12 ounces of ditalini:
Directions: In Roe’s words
Hi Bern , hope you understand my handwriting with ingredients. It’s a simple dish. I like ditalini pasta or small shells but elbows are good or small rigatoni. I use 12 oz of pasta from box for 1 can of sauce. Add 2 cups water and your chicken broth after you sauté onion and add spices. It simmers for half hour. Add peas after 20 minutes. You can top with fresh basil too. I never used pancetta in dish. We always had this side dish with fried flounder
My family still makes this dish and its very popular in south Philly homes. We always want a good loaf of italian bread with it. Chuck brings home a can of hunts sauce , box of ditalini and peas so I know he wants that for dinner.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this recipe as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you. If you make it, drop me a line and let me know how you liked it and I will share your comments with Roe.
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32 responses to “COOKING WITH FRIENDS”
I love all your recipes, you’re the best !
I love all your recipes, you’re the best !
I would love this! I never get peas because my husband doesn’t like them. Then add pasta and it’s a win win!
I look forward to the day when once again I can cook with friends!
It has been a hard time to cook with friends and have Sunday dinner. But, I think, the light is on at the end of the tunnel.
I have never thought to add peas to pasta, a new flavor twist!
It is wonderful to see friends again. Your Pasta with Peas looks wonderful and full of flavor.
Thank you Jovina – my friend makes the best simple food.
Oh !! it’s a delicious dish!! The cucina povera has excellent ingredients and ancient flavors!
We love peas and pairing with pasta is such a great idea! It looks comforting and very tasty.
Most recipes from the Cucina Povera are very satisfying and easy to make.
This looks delish! Great share
My grandma made this dish frequently. I can smell it as I read. Thank you for the post.
Thank you for reading and following.
How to make cooking fun. Great post.
What a wonderful recipe, Bernadette. It looks like Roe is ladling up some comfort food. 🙂 I love the quote, and totally agree about food and friendship. They go hand in hand. <3
Thanks Dianne. It is fun to share these recipes and traditions.
WoW! It looks so tasty! And Yes! Friends give us amazing opportunities to try out new wonderful foods!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment upon this post.
Indeed, cooking brings joy and friends add on the spark.
Thank you for reading. Have a delicious weekend.
Welcome, I definitely will😊 have a good one to
Hi Bernadette, I assume that ditalini is a type of pasta. It is not one I’ve heard of. Thanks for this recipe.
Hi Robbie, thanks so much for stopping by. Ditalini is a small tubular pasta. It is like a very small piece of rigatoni.
Such a nice, simple dish — looks really, really good. Neat recipe — thanks.
Just love simple and easy dishes like this–looks so tasty! 🙂
I love simple and tasty plus it has 🌶… with fish and lovely fresh bread it sounds just delicious 😋 x
Love these simple and comforting dishes. I often experienced with an Italian friend who made elbow macaroni and broccoli, and it so reminded me when I read this post. Delicious.
Thanks for reading and commenting Velva. Yes, Italian recipes very often contain broccoli.
This looks and sounds delicious and simple to make, a real feel-good soup! Thanks for sharing Roe’s recipe, Bernadette!
Bernadette, lovely to meet Roe here and I love this recipe – pasta and peas – a sure hit in our family! I love the quote and through your blog you’re dispensing happiness galore!
best way to cook ever and it looks like so much fun and so delicious! 💞