This beautiful penne with green peas and ricotta only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make. The flavors are so yummy that your kids will be asking for seconds! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Penne with Green Peas and Ricotta

“Penne, peas, parsley, a little broth, ricotta, salt and pepper. You should make it for your kids, it’s so easy and it’s ready in 5 minutes!” I told Hanna, a friend of mine whom I was having coffee with in the city.

I was telling her about a dish I had made the previous night that turned out to be delicious. After working a 10-hour day on the computer, my brain couldn’t handle anything too complicated in the kitchen. I rummaged through the fridge and pantry and put together a quick pasta dinner.

I thawed some frozen peas, chopped a few parsley leaves and made a sauce by mixing chicken broth with a little ricotta cheese. As for the pasta, I went with Barilla Ready Pasta Penne because I was looking for something toothier that could scoop up some of the sauce.

The result came out better than I had anticipated, Ben and I fell in love with the flavors from the first bite!

The pasta was a little sweet, savory and light. A simple dish that tasted expensive.

I told Hannah about it because she is a busy mom of two who works as a makeup artist. With a grueling schedule that sometimes requires her to be on set until late in the evening, Hannah is always looking for fast and nutritious recipes to feed her kids.

This penne with green peas and ricotta was exactly what she needed, so I wasted no time telling her about it.

There are a lot of great things about this dish – it’s tasty, nutritious and lightning fast to make.

For this recipe there is no need to boil water since I’m using Barilla Ready Pasta Penne, a fully cooked al dente pasta that’s ready in just 60 seconds.

I always keep a few pouches of Barilla Ready Pasta in my pantry for those days when I’m strapped for time. It makes cooking so easy because I just have to put the pouch in the microwave, knead it and heat for 60 seconds and voilà  – the pasta is ready to be served with my favorite sauce or toppings.

I also love the fact that it’s all natural and contains no preservatives since I’m all for healthier eating.

Hannah ended up making this penne recipe the following week and gave it two thumbs way up!

She said her kids ate their bowls quietly and even asked for more green peas. She also loved the fact that she was able to put dinner on the table in a flash and with little clean up to do afterward.

“Next time I’m adding carrots to this recipe to see if the kids can handle more veggies” she said.

What a great idea using pasta as a vehicle for lots and lots of vegetables your kids will enjoy eating!

This penne with green peas and ricotta will keep refrigerated for 1-2 days in an air tight, microwave safe container. Reheat for 40-60 seconds before serving.

Did you like this Barilla Ready Pasta Penne with Green Peas and Ricotta Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!


Penne with Green Peas and Ricotta

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 people 1x
  • Category: Noodles
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 pouch Barilla Ready Pasta Penne
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup frozen green peas (thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley (chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Knead Barilla Ready Pasta Penne pouch and tear the top. Microwave for 60 seconds and transfer penne into a mixing bowl.
  2. Put the chicken or vegetable broth in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds, or until the broth is hot. Add the broth and green peas with the pasta and mix.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and divide the pasta among two bowls. Top with ricotta cheese and parsley and serve.
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