Lately I feel the need for comfort food. Something that speaks to my soul. Something that speaks to summer. Something that when I bite into it, I feel all the feels. This pasta dish has fresh peas from the shell, a lemon cream cheese sauce all tossed in whatever pasta you have on hand. It’s a true spring/summer dish. It’s bright in flavors, but also has the comfort of the creamy cheese. This dish would pair well with a crisp Chardonnay.
When we received out shipment from Perfectly Imperfect Produce, 2 weeks ago, we got peas. Have you ever had fresh peas, straight out of the pod? They are delightful. They are bright in color. They have a crunch, followed by the sweetest peas you will ever taste.
They are a pain to open and take all the peas out.
But honestly all that work, is really worth it. Especially for the flavor the produce.
• 1lbs pasta. Your choice of style.
• 1 cup of fresh peas from the pod. You will need to shell them. If you don’t have these, a cup of frozen thawed will do
• 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
• 4 oz of cream cheese
• 3 cloves of garlic minced
• 2 Tbsp pesto store bought or homemade
• 1 cup of white wine
• 1 lemon juiced and zested
• 1 cup grated parmesan
• 1 cup of reserved pasta water
• salt and heavy on the pepper
1) Heat a pot of water and bring to a boil for the pasta.
2) In a skillet on medium high heat, start to melt the butter, and cream cheese. Stir to incorporate them together as they melt. Before fully melted, add the pesto and stir. Once almost melted as the garlic, salt and pepper. Now add the white wine, lemon zest and the juice of the lemon. Stir to combine for the sauce. Once all that is mixed together add some of the parmigiana cheese and stir until melted.
3) Once water for pasta, comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook as packaging directs you to. Reserve some of that water for the sauce.
4) add the shelled peas to the creamy sauce and some of the pasta water. At this point if it’s too thin add some more cheese. If too thick add more of the pasta water.
5) once pasta is finished cooking, drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Toss all together. Plate your pasta and top with freshly grated parm.
I hope you enjoy this soon to be summer staple in your home. Cause it has made the list in ours.