In My Kitchen: Sweet Pea Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

Readers of my blog will know that many of my recipes include sweet peas and lemon. Now, I’m adding fresh mozzarella into the mix for a truly decadent vegetarian dish.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Fresh mozzarella
    Salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, steam peas in microwave with water. Drain and set aside.
  3. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic, shallot and red pepper flakes. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Add the butter and cook for 1 minute more. Add the peas and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from heat.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the skillet with the peas. Stir together. Add Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  6. Plate pasta. Break mozzarella up into small pieces and add to top of pasta. Serve and enjoy!

Source: Adapted from a recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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