Creamy Pasta with Tomato Mascarpone Sauce and Peas

This easy and delicious pasta dish will have you in awe when you see how flavorful a 30 minute meal really can be. It is creamy and decadent, balanced with freshness from the juicy peas – I know you’ll love it.

I cook nearly every night (shocker, I know) but when time is tight and the kids are hungry, a 30-minute pasta dish with vegetables is my go to. I know it comes together quickly, is hearty, but still has the nutrients I want to feed my children. To add a touch of decadence to this dish, I added a bit of mascarpone cheese I had leftover from a previous recipe and a healthy shaving of Pecorino Romano cheese. This dish has it all – I hope you try it!

Buon appetito!

Creamy Pasta with Tomato Mascarpone Sauce and Peas

  • Servings: 4-6 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 lb pasta of choice (I used eliche giganti – a large type of fusilli pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 shallot, sliced thinly
  • 1 Pepperoncino or Red Pepper Flakes to taste
  • 1 14 oz can tomatoes (I used Mutti Cherry Tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 bag frozen peas (6.5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously.
  2. When the water is at a simmer, begin your sauce. In a large frying pan on medium heat, heat the extra virgin olive oil with pepperoncino or red pepper flakes, and add garlic and shallots. Sauté until fragrant – 2-3 minutes.
  3. To the frying pan, add your tomatoes and fill the can halfway with water to rinse the can. Add this water to the pan. Then, add the salt and bring to a low simmer. When the sauce is simmering, add the frozen peas and stir to combine. Let cook until sauce begins to simmer again, 3-4 minutes.
  4. When water is boiling, begin cooking pasta.
  5. Add the mascarpone cheese and stir to combine. The heat of the sauce will melt the cheese down.
  6. When the pasta is 2-3 minute shy of its cooking time (this can be found on the box), use a mesh sieve to transfer the pasta to the sauce. Add in about 1 cup of the cooking water and toss to combine.
  7. When the pasta water has absorbed into the sauce and the pasta is cooked to your liking, add the Pecorino Romano cheese and toss until melted and combined. Serve immediately.

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