Alfredo Pasta with Red Peppers and Peas: Quick Win Wednesday

Easy college pasta dish
Level of Effort: Easy     
Cost of Ingredients: $4.17 or $1.04 per serving
Nutrition Info per serving: 323 calories, 7.3 g fat, 9.4 g protein, 8.6 g fiber, 58.3 g carbs

Every once in a while I see a recipe and say “yeah sure, I’ve seen that before…what’s so new about it”?

Sometimes there isn’t anything new. But occasionally there is.

And in this case, what’s new is how you make a gourmet looking pasta dish with roasted red peppers in minutes!

Now I can’t take all the credit for how quickly this recipe can be made. The Pillsbury Kid’s Cookbook is the brainchild for most of the short-cuts like cooking the frozen peas with the pasta to save time. Smart people over there at Pillsbury. I’m just happy to pass those types of time savers along to you.

A quick win when you have the urge for a homemade style pasta dish with more flair than poor ole spaghetti drowning in canned tomato sauce.

Alfredo Pasta with Red Peppers and Peas

Creamy Alfredo pasta with sweet peas and roasted red peppers (that you don’t have to roast)Quick College Pasta Recipe

Printable Recipe

MAKES: 4 Medium Helpings

Prep Time: 5 to 7 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 to 20 minutes


  • 3 cups uncooked farfalle (bow tie) pasta [$0.73]
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet peas [$0.35]
  • 1 cup low-fat Alfredo sauce (from a jar) [$1.82]
  • 1 roasted red pepper from a jar, chopped [$0.71]
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese [$0.56]


  1. Boil water in a large pot. Add pasta. After 10 minutes of cooking add frozen peas to water. Stir and cook for 3 minutes longer. Drain pasta and peas.
  2. Return pasta and peas to the pot. Stir in Alfredo sauce, chopped peppers and 2 tablespoons of juice from the jarred red peppers (keeps things from getting sticky).
  3. Stir in cheese and two big pinches of salt and pepper.
  4. Warm pasta mixture over low-heat until heated through.

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