Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
32 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Ring in the spring season with this easy and delicious pasta entrée. Fresh green peas and basil add fantastic flavor to fresh linguine.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add peas to pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain pasta mixture in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup pasta liquid.

Step 2

Heat oil and butter in pan over medium heat 1 minute or until butter melts. Remove from heat; stir in pasta mixture, reserved pasta water, juice, salt, and pepper; toss well.

Step 3

Divide pasta mixture evenly among 4 bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon basil and about 2 tablespoons cheese. Serve immediately.

Step 4


Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Saecca's Review

June 02, 2010
I kind of took the spring out of this recipe by using frozen peas, but I still thought this was a tasty meal. I used whole wheat linguine and served it with the spring vegetable skillet in the magazine. I also added tuna since I thought Hubs wouldn't be full from this. Extremely easy to make.

Loved This!

March 22, 2016
I really enjoyed this recipe.  I thought it had a ton of flavor (mostly a lemony-basil taste).  It definitely had a light spring/summer feel to it, which I love.  I did use frozen peas and cooked them quickly in the microwave, let them cool a bit while prepping the rest of the meal and then made the recipe as is written.  I'd highly recommend!

rlepere's Review

June 30, 2014
Fresh, clean, light recipe.

jostrei's Review

April 16, 2013
I really enjoyed this recipe, but I did make some changes to it, so I couldn't give it 5 stars. I used whole wheat pasta, I added garlic to the butter/oil mixture to give it more flavor, and I added some crushed red pepper at the end to add flavor as well. Other than that, I made as written. This is a simple dish, but it was very tasty. I would definitely make it again.

KrumplyW's Review

May 04, 2011
This was surprisingly delicious. With the few ingredients that it required I thought it was going to be bland and instead it was REALLY good. Costco generally sells large bags of fresh shelled peas which made it even quicker and easier. The FRESH pasta made the dish, I do not think it would have been nearly as good without it. Yum!

cjbuddy's Review

April 12, 2011
This is yummy! Very light and fresh. I ended up using frozen peas as I couldn't find any fresh peas and fresh whole wheat penne pasta that I found at Whole Foods which was great. Since there is no meat in this recipe I think having the boost of the whole pasta helped make it more filling. Will make again for sure.

chamdexor's Review

June 23, 2010
This was okay. It was pretty bland but I'm not all that picky when it comes to pasta. So for me and my husband- it was okay. It wasn't bad. Just didn't shine any stars.

Kuenzi123's Review

May 02, 2010
Really good! Very fresh-tasting - don't substitute any of the fresh ingredients! We used whole-wheat fresh refrigerated linguine. The lemon was a little strong for me because I'm not a huge citrus fan but others loved it. Simple and fresh and fast. Served with a salad.

carolfitz's Review

April 25, 2010
Made exactly to recipe -- very quick & easy. Normally we're a "everything is better with garlic" group -- but this was good just as written. Served with cherry tomato/mozzarella salad & white wine.