Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Grandma's Pasta and Peas with Vermicelli




A little story behind Pasta and Pea's? Of course, my dad loved pea's and with broken up vermicelli. Grandma use to make this once a week in the winter time. An inexpensive meal, but with those flavors etched in your mind forever. The sauce is a delicate flavor but rich in freshness. If she didn't have pea's in the house she'd use chick pea's or white beans. Remember, this is considered depression food in the 1930, we still love it here!


In a food processor add :
3 cloves of cleaned garlic
1/2 cup fresh celery leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Puree till a fine mixture.

In a large deep sauce pan, add the oil mixture, heat, add:
2 (14 to 15 oz size) cans of pea's, saute pea's till starting to brown.

Add:
1/2 teaspoon each, parsley, basil, garlic powder, oregano
1 small can of tomato paste + fill can with white wine to stir out the leftover paste
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup of  fresh whole tomatoes or  fresh plum tomatoes pureed in food processor
Cook until sauce thickens around 1 1/2 hours on low.

Vermicelli:
Open  a 1 lb box of vermicelli or (other pasta of choice) . Using half of the box, break into bite size pieces, taking the long pasta and snipping the ends around 1/2 in size, place in a bowl while cutting up your pasta(this was always my job as a little girl).  Add  the broken up pasta to a pot of salted  boiling water. Boil till desired doneness.

Drain pasta and add to the sauce mixture. Serve with Italian Bread. enjoy!

36 comments:

Firefly@fireflyblog.org said...

That looks so yummy :)

Su said...

This pasta with pea's looks just delicious and very conforting :)

sanjeeta kk said...

Love the vermicelli in the pasta!

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Big Dude said...

Anytime a dish name statrs with "Grandma's", it gets my immediate attention. This looks and sounds delicious.

Belinda said...

I love how you broke up the vermicelli. Looks perfect.

FOODESSA said...

My Nonna always made the most comforting recipes too. I miss her talks and dishes.
Thanks for your Nonna's recipe ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Melynda said...

I love food like this! Claudia I am featuring this great dish on my Wednesday wanderings. Have a great day!

5 Star Foodie said...

A very yummy dish, thanks so much for sharing a family story & the recipe!

Pam said...

Grandma definitely knew how to cook and so do you Claudia! It looks delicious!!!

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely flavours delicious

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

YUm!

Swathi said...

Pasta with green peas and vermicelli looks delicious.

Victoria said...

Another great family recipe :)

Stella said...

Claudia, I love this! I want to make it. I have a question though. When you say two cans of peas, do you mean two cans of pigeon peas/gandules verdes (the latino kind sold by Goya, etc) or typical canned spring peas? Oh, and just fill the tomato paste can with white wine and add to the whole mix?
Thanks & Please Advise, Lady:)
XOXO,
Stella

Pegasuslegend said...

Hi Stella... I actually use the spring peas but am sure you can use the pigeon peas that will work fine...yes add the wine to the small can of paste after its emptied. Its not much around 1/4 cup, add to the pot...thanks!

Trix said...

Poppa Trix loves peas (i do too) and we both adore a nice red sauce - this looks really yummy.

Lizzy said...

Isn't it great how family recipes evoke such good memories...and offer comfort. This is a perfect example...

Tanvi@SinfullySpicy said...

These looks so flavorful.Family recipes are the best.Fist time here..glad to find ur blog.

Elisabeth said...

Such a comforting and homey dish, that only can come with love from a grandmother. Such a nice tradition being passed down.

Claudia, your photos are beautiful. What a change you've made with the lighting, and the setup. Yummy, dish, that the little grandson in my family would love the combination, including the peas!

Shelby said...

This looks yummy! Carbs that I can't eat right now...but pasta is my very favorite carb! ;)

Table Talk said...

Tried and true family recipes are always the best!

Table Talk said...

Tried and true family recipes are always the best---especially yours!

denise @ bread expectations said...

Anything Grandma used to make has got to be delicious. Law of Nature! ;)

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

Wow, what a comforting looking cup of goodness that is! Gotta try this one.

Cake Duchess said...

Mmmm! Claudia-I love this soup and have had it many times! Love the broken up vermicelli. I could use a bowl of that right now for lunch;)hugs!

Magic of Spice said...

Love it! So warm and wonderful with these flavors...your Grandmother was an amazing cook, as are you :)

thecoffeebreak said...

Love pasta, I could eat it every day. Pasta and peas looks like great combination! Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

Claudia, this looks wonderful. As usual, I am inspired and hungry after reading your post! :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

Oh this is just PURE COMFORT FOOD in my book! I would love some of this right now!

roz said...

Our nonna's knew best, didn't they? We still eat many, many, many of the recipes of the poor, as my mother now calls them (cucina povera) and to this day, they are the best and most cherished family recipes. I've always adored the addition of peas with pasta too!

Claudia said...

"Depression era" meals were so comforting weren't they? I'd love this for breakfast - it nourishes and starts the day off right! Nice that you still make it and spread the word about these inexpensive but hearty meals.

Winelady Cooks said...

My mom made this back in the '50's (I'm old, I know!). I have so many memories of "macaroni and peas" and "macaroni and" everything else. These dishes were on the menu every week. My mom alternated vegetables every week depending on what was fresh in the produce stand.

Food makes the best memories. Thanks so much Claudia.

Sarah said...

Pure and simple with good memories. Can't beat it! ~ Sarah

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds like something I would love-thanks:@)

Snap said...

YUM YUM YUM!!!

The Tablescaper said...

So warm and heartwarming.

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