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Pasta with Mint and Peas

Yield Makes 2 or 3 servings
Notes: Other pea options are Chinese pea pods and tender pea shoots.


  • 2 cups (about 1/2 lb.) sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 pound dried capellini pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely slivered lemon peel (yellow part only)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup slivered fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • Salt and fresh-ground pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 533
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • protein 13 g
  • fat 24 g
  • satfat 14 g
  • carbohydrate 65 g
  • fiber 3.6 g
  • sodium 113 mg
  • cholesterol 54 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 4- to 5-quart pan, bring 2 to 3 quarts of water to boiling over high heat.

  2. Meanwhile, pull off and discard stem ends and strings from peas. Rinse and drain.

  3. When water boils, add pasta, pushing down into water. Cook until almost tender to bite, about 3 minutes. Add peas and cook until they turn bright green, about 2 minutes.

  4. Drain peas and pasta well in a colander.

  5. In the pan, combine garlic and butter over high heat, stirring until butter melts. Add peas and pasta and mix until pasta stops sizzling, about 1 minute.

  6. Add about 2 teaspoons of the lemon peel, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, and about 1 tablespoon mint to pan. Mix.

  7. Put pasta mixture in wide soup bowls, swirling to make a well in the center. Spoon crème fraîche into the center of bowls and sprinkle with remaining peel, mint, and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.