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a family style serving of pasta and peas

30 Minute Parmesan Pasta and Peas with Sweet Italian Sausage

  • Author: amycaseycooks
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This pasta and peas dish with Italian sausage is packed with lots of delicious flavor and is one the whole family will love.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound shell pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced, about 2 cups
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a large sauté pan over medium heat add the extra virgin olive oil. Add the sliced onions and sauté for about 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the Italian sausage from the casing and add it to the sauté pan. Break the sausage into bite sized pieces with a wooden spatula. Cook the sausage until browned and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the white wine to the sauté pan and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken stock to the sauté pan. Bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  6. Add 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese to the sauce and stir to combine.
  7. Add the peas and butter to the sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the peas are heated and the butter has melted.
  8. Add the cooked pasta and stir to thoroughly combine it with the sauce.
  9. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
  10. Serve sprinkled with the parsley and more Parmesan cheese.


  • Whimsical shell pasta is perfect for catching the little green peas. But substitute your favorite pasta shape in the recipe.
  • Do you like to kick your recipes up a notch? Pick up spicy Italian sausage to a fiery edge to your pasta and peas.
  • Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc are my top choices for which wine to use.
  • Not a fan of wine? No problem. Use all chicken broth in the sauce.
  • Use a peeler to slice shards off a wedge of Parmesan. 
  • Any leftovers can be stored in an air tight container (these glass storage ones are what I use) for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. I love reheating some delish pasta for a quick lunch or dinner as it’s a no brainer after a busy day. Reheat in the microwave on 60% power for 2 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: entrée
  • Method: cook on stove top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 694
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 1010 mg
  • Fat: 36.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.6 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 34 g
  • Cholesterol: 146 mg

Keywords: pasta and peas, easy dinner recipe, family dinner, 30 minute dinner recipe