Rotini on a plate

Rotini, Peas and Cheese

Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 495 kcal

It's macaroni and cheese all grown up! You'll love the flavors and simplicity of this Rotini Peas and Cheese recipe.



  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces rotini
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas thawed


  1. Bring pot of water to a boil and add rotini noodles, cooking until al dente. Drain, but reserve one cup of the pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in skillet over medium heat. Remove bacon and chop or crumble.
  3. Leaving the bacon grease in the skillet, turn heat up to medium-high. Add butter and oil and stir with a wooden spoon. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in mustard. Gradually add 1 cup milk, whisking continuously; bring mixture to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Add cheese and season with salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Drain hot pasta and immediately toss it with the cheese mixture. Add in peas and bacon. If mixture is too sticky or thick, add small amounts of pasta water to loosen.

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Nutrition Facts
Rotini, Peas and Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 portion)
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 624mg 26%
Potassium 389mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 13.9%
Vitamin C 17.3%
Calcium 30.8%
Iron 7.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.