stovetop mac and peas (plant-based/oil free)

Overhead shot of stovetop mac and peas on white plate with fresh basil and vegan Parmesan on white plate.

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Stovetop mac and peas is a must-have addition to your plant-based, oil free recipe repertoire. 30 minutes or less for a delicious hit with all eaters.


  • 3 cups (10 ½ oz./300 gm) dry macaroni
  • 3 1.2 cups (500 gm) frozen peas
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped (2 tbsp. for the puree, the rest for garnish)
  • ¼ cup (25 gm) vegan Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


Timing tip: If you are going to make hemp seed Parmesan, get that into the oven first. You’ll need about 20 minutes.

  1. Start the water for the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, add 2 cups of vegetable broth to a medium pan and add the peas. Bring the pot to simmer and cook the peas for about 3 minutes until they are thawed and tender.
  3. Add about ½ the peas into the blender with 1 cup of the simmering broth, the garlic, 2 tablespoons chopped basil, 2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan and ½ teaspoon black pepper to a blender or food processor. Blend the ingredients.
  4. After you drain the macaroni, add it back to the original pot. Add the pea pesto and the pesto and the rest of the whole peas. Toss everything together.
  5. Garnish the final dish or individual servings with the rest of the chopped basil and additional Parmesan.


  • Nutritional information includes my own hemp seed Parmesan. Your results might vary depending on which Parmesan you use.
  • You can dress up this dish further by adding sliced mushrooms or tender broccoli florets. You can also add ¼ - ½ cup sautéed, minced onion or shallot for a different take on the taste.
  • Add a few teaspoons of red chili flakes for those eaters who live on the spicy side.
  • Add 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes directly to the pasta 2 minutes before it’s done cooking and add some contracting color and sweetness to this dish. In other words, get creative!

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