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Pasta and Peas, please March 15, 2010

Filed under: eat your vegetables,pasta — frappqueen @ 7:38 pm
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pasta and peas! It's easy peas-y!

Pasta and Peas is super easy to make and really quite yummy. I must admit, it’s not overly a looker, but it is kind of like a super easy stovetop mac and cheese, kind of italian style. It is of course from the Rachel Ray website, but I made it slightly differently than they tell you, so here is my method below:

Pasta and Peas

1 lb of penne or rotini pasta

1/2 c. chicken stock

2 c. frozen peas

2 c. ricotta cheese (I used fat free)

1 c. grated Parmegian cheese

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp butter

Method:

Cook the pasta according the box directions and set aside a cup of the starchy cooking water before you drain it. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, cook the peas with the chicken broth for about five or ten minutes, until the peas are warm and mushy. When the pasta and peas are cooked, take about two cups of the peas and mash them together with half of the ricotta cheese and a bit of the pasta water. If you use a food processor, it will come out a smooth green cheese sauce. Place the pasta in a large bowl and add the pea mixture, the leftover peas and the remaining cheese. Toss together with a pat of butter and add more starchy water if the mixture is too clumpy for your liking. Salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy immediately!

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4 Responses to “Pasta and Peas, please”

  1. Anne Says:

    Can you give suggestions for substitutes for the peas? This looks awesome, except I hate peas with every ounce in my body. Maybe broccoli?

    • frappqueen Says:

      Hmm I dont know, the whole point of the peas is that you mash them up into the sauce. You could probably do it with just the ricotta and maybe saute a shallot or onion into it instead for some added flavor and juiciness?

  2. Jen Says:

    I am going to try making this tonight, because I am running out of pasta to feed Sam, but not sure if Danny will eat since he generally avoids peas.


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