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« on: March 26, 2012 01:59:56 PM »

We harvested our first peas this weekend, so a spring pasta dish made it onto our dinner menu.  

I melted 2 tbsp. of butter then sauteed 4 minced garlic cloves and a thinly sliced leek for approx. 5 minutes.

Then I sliced a few mushrooms and added them to the pan for a few more minutes, along with salt and pepper to taste.  Then I turned the heat off and got busy with the rest of the ingredients.

Here they are: pappardelle pasta, 2 lemons, fresh peas, low fat ricotta cheese and parmesian cheese.  The first thing I did was zest the two lemons into the pan of vegetables.  No lemon juice was used in this recipe, I saved the zest-less lemons in the fridge for another day.

I cooked the peas in boiling water for 2 minutes then scooped them out with a slotted spoon and moved them to the pan of veggies.  The pasta nests went right into the boiling water and cooked for 4 minutes.

I moved the cooked pasta to the pan of veggies and turned the heat on medium.  

I alternated adding large spoonfuls of ricotta cheese with small ladels of the pasta water.  I didn't measure, but think I used about 1/2 cup of the pasta water and 3/4 cup of the ricotta.  I then mixed in 1/4 cup of the parm cheese.  I only cooked this for about 2 more minutes while stirring to incorporate everything together.

It turned out really nice!

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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012 02:37:14 PM »

Ooh, yum!  Definitely sounds like something I need to try!

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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012 03:42:40 PM »

What a perfect meal to welcome in spring-time!

Your last picture brings back great childhood memories of picking spring/summer peas right off the vine. So yummy!

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012 05:30:49 PM »

The pasta looks delectable!  I'll have to try this sometime Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012 09:18:20 AM »

Yum! That looks so delicious, MW!

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012 08:05:13 PM »

Yummy! That looks so delicious I must try your recipe. Smiley

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