Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs

Southern Living
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs Recipe

Photo: Hector Sanchez Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Our one-pot primavera brings together seasonal favorites: fresh herbs, crunchy sugar snap peas, and sweet peas. Combining ricotta cheese with the salty water left over from boiling the pasta makes a super-easy, creamy sauce.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)


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4 qt. water
1/4 cup kosher salt
8 ounces gemelli, penne, or other short pasta
2 (8-oz.) pkg. sugar snap peas, trimmed and strings removed
1 (13-oz.) pkg. frozen sweet peas, thawed
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) salted butter
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon


Active: 20 Minutes
Total: 30 Minutes

1. Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a stockpot over high. Add 1/4 cup salt; return to a boil. Add pasta; boil, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 minutes. Stir in sugar snap peas, and cook 2 minutes. Stir in sweet peas, and cook 1 minute. Drain pasta mixture, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

2. Return pasta mixture to pot. Add ricotta, parsley, butter, chives, tarragon, and reserved cooking water; stir to coat. Serve immediately.

Created date

February 2016