Course Entrees
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Dry Peas
Specialty Diet Vegetarian
Category Pasta Recipes

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Yellow Split Pea Cheesy Pasta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 1 lb. pasta, rotini or pasta of choice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, or vegetable; divided
  • 1 cup split peas, yellow, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsps butter
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, Greek
  • 3/4 cup cheese, of your choice; shredded
  • salt, to taste
  • springs thyme, fresh


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, toss with olive oil to prevent sticking, and set aside.
  • Rinse the yellow split peas. Bring 2 cups of broth and 1 cup of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the yellow split peas and cook for 50-60 minutes or until very tender. Drain excess liquid through a fine sieve. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium high heat; add the onions and sauté for 5-8 minutes or until the onions are very soft and fragrant. Transfer the butter and onions to a blender with the yellow split peas, 1/2 cup broth, and 1/2 cup yogurt. Puree until smooth.
  • Transfer the sauce back to a pot on the stove over medium low heat. Add the cheese and stir until melted. Add the pasta and stir until combined; season with salt and pepper and serve with a sprig of fresh thyme.