Recipe Review

The Pasta Queen’s “Lazy Princess Pasta” Is a Total Game-Changer (I Can’t Recommend It Enough)

published Aug 1, 2021
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Every time a video by The Pasta Queen comes up on my TikTok “for you” page, I always watch it. Her commentary is thoroughly entertaining, and I know firsthand her recipes are delicious. Needless to say, I’m a big fan.

Recently I came across a video of The Pasta Queen’s “lazy princess” pasta and knew I needed to try it. Unlike most pasta recipes that have you boil pasta in water, this recipe has you cook the pasta directly in the sauce while slowly adding water — not unlike risotto. I had never seen anyone cook pasta like this before, so I was curious to see how it would work.

Get the recipe: The Pasta Queen’s Pasta and Peas

Credit: Jesse Szewczyk

How to Make the Pasta Queen’s Lazy Princess Pasta

You’ll start by cooking diced onions in olive oil, then add peas, salt, and pepper. Add hot water, then blend most of the peas (leaving some unblended) and add them back to the pot along with the unblended peas. Add dry pasta (she used ditalini, so that’s what I used) and cook it in the sauce, adding more water as needed. Once the pasta is cooked, whisk an egg with both grated Parmesan and Pecorino cheese and stir it into the hot pasta until creamy. That’s it! It’s a simple, one-pot pasta that cooks up similarly to risotto.

Credit: Jesse Szewczyk

My Honest Review of The Pasta Queen’s Lazy Princess Pasta

This pasta was seriously delicious. It exceeded all my expectations and was shockingly good. I came into the recipe quite skeptical of the cooking technique, but came out a believer. (I should never doubt The Pasta Queen!) The texture of the pasta was creamy, silky smooth, and decadent. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever had.

The flavor was also spot-on. The peas and onions combined to create the silkiest, smoothest sauce with just a touch of sweetness, while the cheese and egg mixture added a salty savoriness that rounded the whole thing out. I loved how calming the cooking process was, and it introduced me to a technique I will now use in countless other recipes. I cannot recommend this pasta enough, and I will definitely be adding it to my repertoire.

Credit: Jesse Szewczyk

4 Tips for Making The Pasta Queen’s Pasta and Peas

Before you head into the kitchen, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  1. Wait until the end to fully season the pasta. As you’re cooking the peas you might be tempted to generously season it, but hold back: The pasta gets finished with two types of cheese at the end, which add plenty of salty flavor.
  2. Keep an eye on the pasta as it cooks. This isn’t the type of pasta you can walk away from, so make sure to stir it constantly as it’s cooking to prevent the bottom from burning.
  3. Be generous with the amount of hot water you add. As you cook the pasta you will have to add hot water as needed to keep it from drying out. I ended up adding a pretty generous amount and finishing it with an extra ladle right before serving.
  4. Add more water if you reheat it. I had the leftover pasta for lunch the next day and had to add a tiny bit of water to loosen it up. Similar to risotto, it thickened up and dried out a bit, but after adding some water it became creamy again.

Have you ever made The Pasta Queen’s Lazy Princess Pasta? Tell us what you thought in the comments!