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Pea Shell Pasta

Pea Shell Pasta pairs very well with a variety of meats to make a quick summer side or to take as a side dish to pass at a picnic.

Pea Shell Pasta is best when you prepare it in the morning so it has all day to sit in the refrigerator allowing the flavors to blend together. It also makes a great light lunch with a side of fruit and yogurt. 

Cost Per Serving $1.77 as of May 2022

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $14.17.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $6.20.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $0.78.

I do not include salt and pepper in the cost of this recipe. 

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 8

Serving size: 3/4 cup

Equipment needed: 1 pot

Total time: 1.5 hours


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Let's grocery shop!

I do not include salt and pepper because I assume it is already in your pantry. There is a savings of about $7.97 if you have a stocked pantry.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $7.97 as of May 2022

  • mayonnaise $2.28
  • white balsamic vinegar $3.79
  • dried basil $0.98
  • dijon mustard $0.92


Total: $6.20 as of May 2022

  • garlic bulb $0.50
  • 1 onion $0.62
  • 1 stalk celery $1.34
  • 1 red pepper $1.34
  • 1 greek plain yogurt 5.3 oz $0.64
  • 1 box shell pasta 16 oz $0.92
  • frozen peas 12 oz $0.84

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Place a large pot of water on to boil
  2. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  3. Cook 8 oz pasta to package directions
    • In the last two minutes add 2 cups of frozen peas to the pasta
  4. Drain in a strainer with cold water until pasta is cooled. 
  5. Add the pasta and peas to the bowl and stir well. 
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $45 – Menu 5

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