Thursday, May 29, 2008

Peas with Pasta and Cream

If you have any concerns about your arteries or your waistline, you should probably avert your eyes. This is one of those dishes that can't be made any other way except with the best cream you can find and plenty of pecorino cheese.

That's the excuse I give myself when I want to make a meal out of the peas we've just harvested in the garden. The peas love to nestle in pasta shells such as these large elbows, or chiocciole. Rottini pasta would work as well.

Preparation is simple. Sweat 1/4 onion, diced small, in a heavy saute pan or skillet with olive oil. Season the onion with salt to draw out the liquid. When the onions are soft, after about 8 minutes, pour in 1 cup heavy cream, in this case the deliciously thick cream we get delivered from South Mountain Creamery. When the cream starts to bubble, lower the heat so that the cream continues to simmer.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add 1/2-pound pasta. While the pasta is cooking, the cream should thicken to a sauce-like consistency. Add 2/3-cup shelled peas to the sauce and cook just a minute or so, until the peas are softened to your taste. Season with a pinch of salt.

When the pasta is al dente, remove it from the pot, drain it well and toss it into the skillet with the cream sauce and peas. Stir in a liberal grating of pecorino cheese. Serve immediately in warm, shallow bowls.


Emily in D.C. said...

Ed, that pasta looks so delicious. I envy you your peas—another reason I should probably grow my own!

Jeena said...

This pasta looks wonderful. I love using fresh peas in cooking they taste so amazing. You have a lovely blog. :-)

Ed Bruske said...

Emily, it's great being able to harvest peas this early in the season when you know it will be many weeks before we see our first tomatoes and squashes.

Jeena, I felt a little guilty making this pasta with all the heavy cream. But I have to say it's one of our favorite ways to eat peas.

Kristina said...


I made this tonight with local cream and peas from our garden. It was fabulous! Thanks so much!