Photo: Christopher Testani; Styling: Alistar Turnbull
If peas and carrots bring back memories of that dreaded cafeteria side dish, this simple, fresh pasta will change your mind. Any soft herb (chervil, chives, mint, parsley) would be perfect for this delicate dish. Use a zester to get long curls of lemon rind, or grate with a Microplane grater.
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
1. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; swirl until foamy. Add carrots; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken stock and 1/2 teaspoon salt; simmer 4 minutes. Add asparagus, peas, and 1 teaspoon lemon rind; simmer 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup and vegetables are crisp-tender. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cream cheese, and pepper to vegetable mixture, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.
3. Add noodles to vegetable mixture; toss to coat. Stir in 1/4 cup cooking liquid; add additional cooking liquid as needed to thin sauce. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon rind and dill over pasta mixture. Divide pasta mixture into 4 shallow bowls. Serve immediately.