One-Pot Pasta with Peas & Parmesan

A bowl of creamy pea pasta is colorful—and bright in flavor as well, thanks to the addition of lemon zest and juice. Made in just one pot, this easy pasta recipe is perfect for busy weeknights.

One-Pot Pasta with Peas & Parmesan
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 12 ounces whole-wheat rotini pasta

  • 3 ½ cups water

  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas

  • cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup chive-and-onion cream cheese

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 large garlic clove, grated

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish


  1. Combine pasta and water in a large saucepan (some of the pasta will not be submerged). Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes, stirring in peas during the final minute of cook time.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add Parmesan, cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, crushed red pepper (if using) and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is melted but the sauce still looks loose, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Let the pasta mixture cool, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes (the sauce will thicken and coat the pasta). Stir in mint and dill. Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with additional mint and dill, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
13g Fat
74g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Vitamin A 1554IU 31%
Sodium 523mg 23%
Potassium 485mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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