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Pasta with Smashed Peas

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep time 10 mins
Other time 10 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pappardelle, tagliatelle, fettuccine, or linguine
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen peas, thawed
  • 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 620
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • sodium 940 mg
  • carbohydrate 102 g
  • fiber 8 g
  • sugars 12 g
  • protein 26 g

How to Make It

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

    Meanwhile, pulse the peas in a food processor or blender until chopped but not pureed. Add 1/2 cup of the ricotta, season with the salt and pepper, and pulse to combine.

    Drain the pasta, reserving 1/3 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the pea puree and reserved pasta water and toss. Divide the pasta among individual bowls. Top with the remaining ricotta, a sprinkle of chives, and a drizzle of oil.

    Tip: Tagliatelle (pronounced tal-ya-TEL-ee) are pasta ribbons that are wider than fettuccine. Pappardelle (pa-par-DEL-lay) are even wider. Both work well with somewhat chunky sauces.