Color, texture, aroma, flavor – it’s all here in this delightful pasta bowl. Beautiful green peas and fresh pea sprouts, summery herbaceous basil, toasty walnuts cooked with hot chile and smoky paprika, a garlicky creamy yogurt sauce, briny tangy feta. Nope, nothing’s missing.
peas & pasta recipe
Cook a chunky-shaped pasta to al dente. I used mezzi rigatoni. Chef Yotam Ottolenghi uses conchiglie. This recipe is adapted from his fabulous cookbook Jerusalem.
Cook peas (frozen or fresh) in boiling salted water. Blanch pea sprouts. Chiffonade several basil leaves.
Mix Greek yogurt with olive oil and minced garlic to make the sauce.
Heat olive oil in a pan, add red chile flakes and smoked paprika. Add walnuts and cook until the walnuts are toasty and coated with the red chile oil.
To assemble: place peas and pasta in a bowl, season with salt and white pepper. Spoon yogurt sauce over the top. Sprinkle with basil, top with crumbled feta, pea sprouts, smoky walnuts and the chile oil.
It’s one of those pasta dishes that never gets boring (if there is such a thing). I’ve made it with rotini too.
Summer Fest continues…this week featuring PEAS
Summer Fest is a season long franchise where Food Network editors team up with bloggers to share recipes about everyone’s favorite summertime fruits and vegetables. Be sure to check out the Pinterest Board with over 90,000 followers called Let’s Pull Up A Chair! And if that Peas & Pasta recipe got you longing for sweet-light-simple green peas, you might enjoy taking a peek at other pea-centric dishes from my friends below…
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Domesticate Me: Clean Out Fridge Frittata
Virtually Homemade: Summer Lasagna with Skinny Alfredo Sauce
The Sensitive Epicure: Pea Puree with Roasted Salmon and Chives
Daily*Dishin: Marinated Spring Pea Salad
The Heritage Cook: Pea, Potato and Bacon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
FN Dish: Favorite Shelled Pea Sides
I leave you with images of the super-moon from my deck, looking out to the Pacific over Angel’s Gate Lighthouse last Sunday night.