Ruote e Piselli {Wagon Wheel Pasta with Peas}


It’s summer time. It’s HOT, the kids are home on summer vacation and they are about to eat us out of house and home. Is it the same for you right now? During these busy and WARM months I need quick and delicious meals to get on the table in a hurry. Ruote e Piselli is a meal that can be prepared in 10 minutes or less. Ruote means wheels in Italian and besides being fun to look at and eat they’re the perfect shape pasta to pair with vegetables!

You can absolutely use fresh peas if you like, I used frozen. I keep several bags of frozen peas in my freezer at all times because they’re incredibly handy and cook up in a flash.

I whipped up a quick plate of INSALATA CAPRESE {Caprese Salad} during the time the pasta was cooking. I used basil and tomatoes from my own garden. It was the perfect accompaniment to this light meal. Now if I could just learn to make my own mozzarella I’d be all set ; )



Ruote e Piselli {Wagon Wheel Pasta and Peas}
What you’ll need:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 onion – minced
8-10 ounces frozen peas
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil + additional to drizzle
1 pound wagon wheel pasta
Parmigiano Reggian0 – grated, optional

What to do:
1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.

2. Into a saute pan, add butter and melt over medium heat. Once melted, add onion and saute until translucent. Add peas. Season with salt and pepper and cook until peas are softened.

3. Add cooked pasta to saute pan. Toss to combine. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano and a drizzle of olive oil if desired.

Buon Appetito!



  1. 1

    ohhh….the wagon wheels are in my pantry and this is a staple in our house already. Pass the peas!

  2. 2

    A perfect summer meal!

  3. 3

    The simpler recipes are always the best! I think this sounds like heaven right now

  4. 4

    boy, that takes me back!!

  5. 5

    I eat it quite often…

  6. 6

    The wagon wheels take me back to childhood…so cute.

    And i love caprese salad!

  7. 7

    The salad looks stunning, I buy wagon wheels every time I see them, because I don’t see them often.=)

  8. 8

    Yum! Love this. So colourful!

  9. 9

    I haven’t had wagon wheel pasta in forever! And for the record, Parmigiano Reggiano is never “optional” 😉

  10. 10

    I could eat this for breakfast right now. And lunch, and dinner … 🙂

  11. 11

    Gorgeous pictures…as always! I totally understand the “eating us out of house and home” problem. With all 4 boys home from school right now I am always in the kitchen! Great recipe!

  12. 12

    I’m a sucker for pasta shapes…wagon wheel pasta is just too cool. This looks delicious (and won’t heat up the house much)!

  13. 13

    Love how simple and beautiful this is! My girls LOVE wagon wheel pasta…they’re going to love this!

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