Old-fashioned Macaroni and Green Peas

Macaroni with Green Peas in Bowl

I recently came across a nice vegetarian recipe in a hundred-year-old cookbook. Macaroni and Green Peas can be served as either an entree or a side dish. The dish is vegetarian (not vegan, since cream coats the macaroni and peas). The cream adds flavor and richness to the dish.

recipe for macaroni with green
Source: The New Cookery (1921) by Lenna Frances Cooper

The source of this recipe, The New Cookeryย cookbook, contains nutrition information for each recipe. This is the only hundred-year-old cookbook that I’ve ever seen with this much information.

This recipe didn’t make very much- and according to the nutrition information – the entire recipe only contains 604 calories. The old cookbook indicated that the serving size was 4 ounces which seems small for this type of dish. In my opinion, if this recipe was made as the main dish, there would be enough for 1 generous serving. If it was served as a side dish, it would make enough for 2 servings.

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Macaroni with Green Peas

  • Servings: 1 - 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 cup macaroni

1/2 cup green peas (fresh, frozen, or canned) – I used frozen peas. I put them in boiling water until they were hot, then removed from heat and drained.

1/2 cup light cream

1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat water in a saucepan to boiling; add the macaroni and cook 7-9 minutes until al dente. Remove from the heat and drain. Add a little cold water, then drain again. Add cream, peas, and salt; return to stove. Using medium heat, bring to a boil; reduce heatย  and simmer 5-10 minutes until the cream thickens into a sauce while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve.

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33 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Macaroni and Green Peas

        1. Our fellowship hall was in the basement of the Methodist Church where I grew up–many meals, banquets and a few dances. We were thought scandalous. ๐Ÿ™‚

            1. Oh, you were naughty! Didn’t your mother find them and come insist you eat them off the table, or where they were stuck to the plate? Now turnip greens, I might have been right there with you.

  1. We had this all the time when the boys were young! It was an easy way to get peas into them and I would mix in a little shrimp and call it “Under the Sea Surprise” They are on their own now and still make this as it is an easy recipe!!

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