Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill is a great make-ahead dish for gatherings such as barbeques and picnics. It can sit out a long time and still hold up. With a pop of smoke and herby essence, this pea pasta will brighten your day!

Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

I’ve been dreaming up side dishes, isn’t that weird?

Usually if I’m dreaming about food, the dreams involve chocolate or steak. But lately, all I can think about are quick and intriguing side dishes that are easy to throw in a picnic basket or pair with a main course, straight off the grill.

Easy Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

It must be the weather.

Spring effects people in different ways. It makes me want more green on my plate, whether in salad-form or something like this pasta with peas.

In this Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill, what really sets off the dish is the sprinkling of chopped smoked almonds. The crunch and smoky essence of the almonds, against the sweetness of the peas and the herby mix of dill and green onions makes a diva of a side dish. This pasta screams to be the center of attention. So much so, that it makes a marvelous vegetarian main course!

Perky Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

My only cooking note for this pea pasta dish is that the almonds make the most impact when they are added at the last minute and sprinkled on top, not mixed in. That way, they stay crisp.


Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill


  • 16 ounce small dry pasta (ditalini, macaroni)
  • 10 ounce fresh or frozen sweet peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup chopped smoked almonds
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cooking the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Two minutes before it's ready, add the peas to the boiling water. Once the peas have warmed through, drain the pasta and peas. Pour the pasta with peas into a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, and oil together in a small bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour the dressing over the pasta and mix well.
  3. Add the dill and green onions and toss. When ready to serve, sprinkle with smoked almonds.

Easy Spring Side Dishes:

Prosciutto and Edamame Pasta with Lemon Glaze

Tabouli with Feta and Endive

Fresh Peach and Basil Salad

Faro Salad with Roasted Veggies ~ My Kitchen in the Rockies

Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Namely Marly

Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes ~ Jeanette’s Healthy Living

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34 Responses to “Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — April 30, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    This one is one to dream about. I finally have begun to appreciate peas, and love the addition of almonds to this


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    Jessen — April 30, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I’m a Huge lover of Dill !! Pea’s and Corn are 2 Vegetables I can’t get my family to eat, uless pureed like a pesto on Pasta (But, of course they don’t know that!!)
    Great Post. . . Sometimes Simple is Better, and Delicious! =)


  3. #
    Bev Weidner — April 30, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    GOODNESS me. Just fell out of my chair.


  4. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 30, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    Wow-wee that looks fabulous!


  5. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 30, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    This is simply amazing! Such a great combo of flavors :)


  6. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 30, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    This looks so delicious Sommer and I love all the flavors goin’ on here!


  7. #
    Kiri W. — April 30, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Mmmm, this looks fantastic, the smoked almonds must be amazing!


  8. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 30, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    What a fabulous combination of flavors! This looks so delicious, Sommer. Great recipe!


  9. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 30, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    pasta and peas together are one of my favorite combos ever!


  10. #
    Suzi — April 30, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Lovely salad and the smoked almonds really add a nice kick. Side dishes are a must and this is a tasty.


  11. #
    KitchenChicken — April 30, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Hey, great blog-
    Where can you get smoked almonds here in Asheville?


    • Sommer — April 30th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      I got them at Ingles! :)


  12. #
    Magic of Spice — April 30, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    What a great combinations of flavors and textures…looks delicious!


  13. #
    Gwen — April 30, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I could eat this as a main dish, especially as a light summer meal. I wish my husband liked peas…. wait, all the more for me!
    good tip w the almonds!


  14. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 30, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    This looks awesome! Love all those flavours in there – it sounds real unique and yummy.


  15. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 30, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    I love pasta dishes that are full of life… instead of just being heavy. This has so much going for it. Can’t wait to make it!


  16. #
    Choc Chip Uru — April 30, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    This pasta looks very refreshing and delicious – unique but awesome :D

    Choc Chip Uru


  17. #
    sweetsugarbelle — April 30, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I cannot wait to try this!


  18. #
    Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) — April 30, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    what a great pasta dish! a really interesting blend of flavors, love it!


  19. #
    torviewtoronto — April 30, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    colourful dish


  20. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 30, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Yum! I love dill and this is a great, light pasta dish!


  21. #
    Shelly — May 1, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    Peas have just come into season here, now I know just what to do with them. This dish looks lovely, very spring like!


  22. #
    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — May 1, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    Wow! Summer on a (very elegant) platter! This is such a pretty dish. It’s brightened my day already and I haven’t even tasted it yet!


  23. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 1, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    This is my kind of a pasta salad. Looks so pretty, and sounds delicious. Perfect for a BBQ, picnic, or just a weeknight dinner!


  24. #
    vianney — May 1, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    my girls love ditalini!! thank you for sharing!


  25. #
    Kelly — May 3, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    This looks delicious! I love smoked almond idea!


  26. #
    Doodler — May 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    What a spring-y. Dish. So pretty. What a great version of Pasta and Peas.


  27. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — May 8, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I am in love with every single flavor and ingredient in this. I am going to pick some dill from my garden tomorrow morning and make this for lunch!


  28. #
    Susanna — June 10, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    I made this and brought it to a backyard party. It was outstanding! Definitely one of the best things I have brought anywhere.


  29. #
    a farmer in the dell — January 15, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    I need a pasta dish like this to brighten my day! those smoked almonds sound delicious!


  30. #
    Betsy R — August 4, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Made this a day ahead and had great success with this salad at a party. I brought home an empty bowl. Thanks for a yummy, new, and bright salad.


  31. #
    Tobi — December 14, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    Made this yesterday for a holiday party and it was a huge hit! It’s pretty, tasty, the smoked almonds give it a nice crunch, it’s easy to make, holds up well, and I’ll definitely be making it again. Thanks for the recipe!



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