Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PASTA PRIMAVERA with Asparagus and Peas

  • ¼ pound sugar snap peas, stems trimmed
  • ½ pound asparagus, ends snapped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup fresh English peas
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced spring onion, white part only (or use shallot)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, more as needed
  • Black pepper, more as needed
  • 12 ounces fettuccine or tagliatelle, preferably fresh (see recipe)
  • cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, at room temperature
  • ½ cup crème fraîche or whole milk Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
  • Nutritional Information


  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. While the water is coming to a boil, slice snap peas and asparagus stems into 1/4-inch-thick pieces; leave asparagus tips whole.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add snap peas, asparagus, English peas and onion. Cook until vegetables are barely tender (but not too soft or mushy), 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  4. Drop pasta into boiling water and cook until al dente (1 to 3 minutes for fresh pasta, more for dried pasta). Drain well and transfer pasta to a large bowl. Immediately toss pasta with vegetables, Parmigiano-Reggiano, crème fraîche and herbs. Season generously with salt and pepper, if needed.

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