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Shells & Peas (Poor Man's Pasta Sauce)

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Serves | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 10 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

This is a family favorite going way back. It's quick, cheap to make and absolutely delicious! You can make a huge batch for next to nothing and feed the masses for days :) or divide it and freeze for later.

Ingredients You'll Need

3 cups conchiglie (small shell pasta)
1/3 cup olive oil
14 ounces tomato sauce, plain
14 ounces peas (do not drain)
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
sea salt
cracked black pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated


Bring a stick pot of heavily salted water to a boil and add pasta. Cook until slightly al dente; about 6-mins.

In the meantime, heat oil in large skillet. Add garlic slices, stirring constantly so they don't burn. Once a light-golden brown, spoon out garlic and set aside.

Slowly, add tomato sauce to pan, taking care not to splatter yourself with the popping hot oil. Add, peas with their liquid, herbs and salt and pepper to taste; stirring occasionally. Cook for about 6-mins.

Once pasta is cooked to perfection, scoop out of water and transfer directly into sauce. Fold pasta into sauce. Remove from heat. Fold in about half the cheese.

Garnish with additional cheese.


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