Orecchiette Pasta with Peas and Parmesan

Orecchiette Pasta with Peas and Parmesan. This is a simple vegetarian pasta that’s perfect for spring. It’s made using orecchiette pasta (little ears) and combines peas and parmesan with an olive oil drizzle. Simple yet satisfying.

brown plate with silver spoon filled with orecchiette pasta with peas and parmesan.

This post was sponsored by Le Sueur Peas as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own 

I honestly haven’t met a pasta shape that I wouldn’t devour, but if you asked me to narrow it down, one of my all time favorites would be orecchiette. Orecchiette is Italian for little ears. Which makes sense once you look at them. They’re perfect little scoops of pasta that are begging to be filled with ingredients like PEAS.

Not just any peas, Le Sueur® Very Young Small Sweet Peas. I have been eating these peas, you know the ones in the iconic silver labeled can, my entire life. It’s a brand that has been around for more than 100 years and are known for their premium breed of petite, sweet peas. They’re so delicate that the only way to maintain their exquisite tenderness from farm to table is in a Le Sueur can.

brown plate of orecchiette pasta with peas and parmesan with bottle of olive oil being drizzle on top

I came about my love of Le Sueur peas because they were my Grandaddy’s favorite peas. I can’t remember very many Sunday suppers or holiday meals (like Easter) that didn’t include a side dish of Le Sueur peas at his request. They were always prepared simply with butter and black pepper.

While they are an easy and convenient side dish, I love to add the very young small sweet peas to pasta as well. You don’t have to worry about them turning to mush when cooking with Le Sueur peas either. Le Sueur Very Young Small Sweet Peas stay firm when cooked so you feel like you cooked a good, quality meal. Who wants mushy peas? Amiright?

brown plate with silver spoon filled with orecchiette pasta with peas and parmesanWhere can you find Le Sueur Peas?

This Orecchiette Pasta with Peas and Parmesan comes together in about 15 minutes. It’s Simple yet satisfying. You’ll scoop it right up!

For decades families have relied on the Le Sueur brand to deliver consistent quality and simple goodness. Mine included. I’ll always look for that silver label when I’m shopping for peas. They’re available in most grocers. I purchased my peas at my local Food Lion. You can check this handy dandy PRODUCT LOCATOR to find a store near you.


brown plate with silver spoon of orecchiette pasta with peas and parmesan

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Orecchiette with Peas and Parmesan

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1 pound orecchiette pasta
kosher salt/black pepper
8.5 ounces Le Sueur very young small sweet peas - drained
1/4 cup mozzarella pearls
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
parmesan - shaved


Place a large pot of salted water onto boil. Season generously with salt. When boiling add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water prior to draining.

Return pasta to pot. Add peas, mozzarella pearls and enough olive oil to coat.

Transfer to serving vessel and garnish with shaved parmesan and black pepper.


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  1. 1

    I could eat pasta every night and orecchiette is a favorite! Love the combo of peas and Parmesan!!

  2. 2
    Jen /

    Pasta dishes are always a winner in our house. Love that you lightened it up and added those gorgeous peas! Looks delicious!

  3. 3
    Amanda /

    Orecchiette is one of my favorite pastas due to it’s fun shape, but I love the peas here!

  4. 4

    This looks so so good!

  5. 5
    Jacque Hastert /

    This wouldn’t last long at my house or any potluck that I attend.

  6. 6
    des /

    This pasta dish sounds like the perfect dinner for our table.

  7. 7

    Pasta and Peas is the way to my heart! I’ve actually been thinking about Orecchiette pasta a lot lately and craving some recipes with it! This is perfect!

  8. 8
    Abeer /

    Love pasta and peas! This looks amazing!

  9. 9

    My kids go crazy for this meal!!

  10. 10
    Kimberly /

    Such a simple yet elegant dish, it sounds delicious!

  11. 11

    Love that this is so quick and easy to make! Pasta dinners are the best!

  12. 12

    This looks incredible. I’m a sucker for those peas too. Super yummy!!

  13. 13

    Mia’s forst word was Pea so I’ve got to make this asap!

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