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Lemon and Pea Pasta with Ricotta
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Cook Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1 box medium shaped pasta like penne rigatoni or ziti
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 3 cloves largegarlic
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 15 ounces ricotta
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ cup grated parmasean
  • Crushed red pepper optional topping
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box medium shaped pasta like penne rigatoni or ziti
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 3 cloves largegarlic
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 15 ounces ricotta
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ cup grated parmasean
  • Crushed red pepper optional topping
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Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to al dente directions on box, approx 8-10 minutes. Drain and return to pot and toss with a drizzle of olive oil. This will keep the pasta from sticking together
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Carefully toast pine nuts, watching closely to prevent burning. Set aside when toasted.
  3. Defrost peas using a few tablespoons of water in a microwave safe dish and warm in 15 second intervals until no longer frozen. Zest lemon and then juice it.
  4. In a blender or food processor, make ricotta sauce. Add garlic, parsley, oregano and thyme. Then add in 1 ½ cup peas, ricotta, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse until it is mostly smooth with some texture.
  5. Toss pasta in ricotta pea mixture. Add in remaining whole peas. Sprinkle on toasted pine nuts, parmasean and crushed red pepper flakes.