Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad [+ Video]

Our readers love a good pasta salad and how could they not with all those yummy carbs! We took our favorite pea salad and turned it into an Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad.

 

A white bowl with orchiette pasta, peas, cubed colby jack cheese, red onion and a simple dressing for the recipe southern pea pasta salad

We’ve chatted before about our love for BBQs and potlucks with friends and family, but as much as the company matters to us, we all know the food is just as important.

Bust out a creamy, delicious Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad and suddenly the food is what everyone is talking about. It’s tradition to bring a good pasta salad to a gathering, so make sure it’s a good one!

 

I still remember the first pasta salad I ever had. I believe it was called, Suddenly Salad and it came from a box.

It was not as awesome as Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad.

I don’t remember where I was or who was making it, but I remember this woman opening the box, making the pasta and whisking up the dressing. There was a small can of olives which she added to the pasta and stirred it all together.

 

A white bowl with orchiette pasta, peas, cubed colby jack cheese, red onion and a simple dressing for the recipe southern pea pasta salad

I’m not proud to say that I was young and quite vividly remember picking out the little bits of celery and peppers, but at least I ate the black olives, right?! I mean, that totally counts for something!

There’s another recipe for an easy pea pasta salad on our site that you might enjoy as well, but this one, ohhhh this one is totally our favorite this year. It’s just so simple and quick to make. As in, totally under 20 minutes to make it.

Don’t skip it completely though. It’s a fantastic recipe that I know you’ll absolutely love.

It’s full of cucumbers, peppers etc, so it’s even more filling and absolutely a recipe you should try out on your family.

We’ve already covered everything you could ever want to know about pasta salad frequently asked questions in our post on Italian Pasta Salad and even more in our Easy Greek Pasta Salad. If you haven’t read that post (or tried that recipe, gasp!)

Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, we’ve been making pasta salad in a lot of different flavor profiles, Italian, Greek, Teriyaki Chicken Pasta Salad, Southwest Pasta Salad and even a California Club Pasta Salad.

Seeeeee…

We totally know what we are talking about.

 

A white bowl with orchiette pasta, peas, cubed colby jack cheese, red onion and a simple dressing for the recipe southern pea pasta salad

 

Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad

Our Southern English Pea Salad Recipe is what this recipe for Southern English Pea Pasta Salad is based off of.

Obviously we encourage you to start with that.

Make that recipe first.

It’s always best to start with the recipe that inspired others so that you can truly enjoy and appreciate the starting base. But then quickly move on to your Southern English Pea Pasta Salad because, folks it’s just that good.

 

What Kind of Pasta for Pasta Salad

There are a few pasta shapes that we personally believe are better for pasta salad recipes.

Stick with dried pasta instead of fresh pasta as it will hold up better.

  • Penne
  • Fusilli
  • Farfalle (Bow Tie)
  • Orchiette
  • Rotini
  • Macaroni
  • Cavatappi
  • Tortellini
  • Mezze Rigatoni
  • Orzo
  • Campanelle
  • Shells

 

You can use any kind of pasta you want, but Cade made a good discovery that when you buy orchiette pasta, the peas, bacon and other ingredients nestle up in each pasta “ear” if you will and it’s like the perfect bite every single time.

I know you know what I’m talking about. You order a big salad at a restaurant and stab each ingredient, the spinach, the berries, a brown sugar almond and take the most perfect bite, yeah that’s exactly what it’s like without ever trying.

 

 

A white bowl with orchiette pasta, peas, cubed colby jack cheese, red onion and a simple dressing for the recipe southern pea pasta salad

 

Do you Rinse Pasta for Cold Pasta Salad?

When making a cold pasta salad you should always rinse the pasta.

Rinsing the pasta allows it to cool more quickly which is essential for a cold pasta salad recipe.

 

The BEST Tip for Pasta Salad

The best tip for pasta salad is in the cooking and dressing.

  1. Cook the pasta until past al dente, but not mushy. There won’t be a warm sauce over it, so you’ll want to take it a step further in the cooking process.
  2. Dress the pasta salad when it’s ALMOST cooled completely with 2/3 of the sauce, then right before serving, add the final bit of sauce.

Dressing in this way will allow the dressing to marinate the pasta if you will, then the final dressing sits on top and gives that extra oomph of flavor!

 

A white bowl with orchiette pasta, peas, cubed colby jack cheese, red onion and a simple dressing for the recipe southern pea pasta salad

 

We can’t wait for you to try this Southern English Pea Pasta Salad! If you do, please tag us on social media, @ohsweetbasil #ohsweetbasil and tell us if you make any changes!

A white bowl with orchiette pasta, peas, cubed colby jack cheese, red onion and a simple dressing for the recipe southern pea pasta salad

 

Pasta Salad RECIPES

Looking for a few different pasta salad recipes other than our Southern English Pea Pasta Salad? Here’s just a few to get you started: 

More MACARONI RECIPES You’re Going to Love:

 

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Yield: 10-12 servings

Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad

Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad
Our readers love a good pasta salad and how could they not with all those yummy carbs! We took our favorite pea salad and turned it into an Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Slices of Bacon
  • 16 ounces Frozen Peas
  • 1 3/4 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/3 Cup Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Colby Jack Cheese, Chopped
  • 8 ounces Dried Orchiette Pasta

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the bacon and cook until crisp, turning once to cook on both sides.
  2. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  3. Once cool, chop the bacon into small pieces.
  4. Heat a large pot of water over high heat, and bring to a boil
  5. Heavily salt the water until it tastes like salt water.
  6. Add the pasta and cook until just past al dente.
  7. Rinse with cool water and set aside. The pasta should be just barely warm.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and a pinch of salt.
  9. Use 2/3 of the dressing on the pasta, set aside the rest.
  10. Add the partially defrosted peas, red onion, eggs if desired, cheese and stir to combine.
  11. Right before serving add the remaining of the dressing.
  12. Add the bacon and season with salt and pepper if needed.
  13. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10-12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416 Total Fat: 35g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 27g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 497mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 9g

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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8 comments on “Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad [+ Video]”

  1. Can you use miracle whip instead of mayo?

  2. I doubled all the ingredients in this recipe, except I started off just putting 1 3/4 c mayo dressing in the pasta. That was plenty! If I would have doubled it, the salad would have been swimming in dressing! 
    Otherwise, it was delicious and exactly what I hoped it would be! 

    • Thank you for the feedback April! This is a pretty wet pasta salad and everyone has different tastes in how much dressing it should have. I’m glad you found the best ratio for you!!

  3. Why does your Mayo look so yellow (in the video)? What brand/kind is it??

  4. This looks soooo amazing! It’s been forever since I’ve had this so I need to add it to me menu plan!
    Thanks for sharing …