Peas, Meet Pasta

Peas are a favorite vegetable to toss into a simple pasta dish, whether you use freshly shelled peas in season or frozen peas anytime. To highlight fresh peas, some hounds like to just toss them with pasta, butter, and grated Parmesan. Orecchiette with peas, onions, a little butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil is Maggie Larkin's choice for a quick dish. hotoynoodle briefly heats peas by putting them in a colander and draining the cooked pasta over them. She warms up olive oil, adds lots of lemon juice, fresh mint, and cracked pepper, tosses with the pasta and peas, and tops with grated Parmesan. "Great summer dish," she says.

Hounds like to combine pancetta with peas and pasta in various ways. Erika L tosses pasta with caramelized onion, pancetta, peas, and brown butter, and tops the dish with Parmesan. TheHuntress cooks pancetta until crispy and adds a cup of peas, two cloves of finely chopped garlic, 6 tablespoons of Boursin cheese, and 1 1/4 cups of cream; stir over low heat until the cheese melts, remove from heat, add a cup of grated Parmesan and about 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, and toss with pasta. Or try CHOW's Pasta Carbonara with Peas.

chefj likes the dish called "straw and hay": egg and spinach tagliatelle with either speck or prosciutto, peas, mushrooms, cream, and Parmesan. Sherri recommends fresh or smoked salmon, heavy cream, and peas over fresh fettuccine, and smilingal is a fan of this pasta, pesto, and peas recipe.

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