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Fast & Easy Dinner: Pasta with Peas, Cream, Parsley, and Mint

Fast & Easy Dinner: Pasta with Peas, Cream, Parsley, and Mint

A refreshing take on classic macaroni and cheese, this delicious pasta dinner is a mix of decadent cream, salty cheese, and fresh herbs. Although the sauce is made with cream and cheese, in moderation, this pasta is far from heavy. The fragrant mint provides a tangy coolness and the peas burst in your mouth.

The vegetarian recipe follows a simple technique that's adaptable: Mushrooms, asparagus, and sun dried tomatoes would be wonderful add ins. To see the recipe,

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Pasta with Peas, Cream, Parsley, and Mint

Pasta with Peas, Cream, Parsley, and Mint

Pasta with Peas, Cream, Parsley, and Mint

Ingredients

  1. 1 16-ounce package large shell pasta or elbow pasta
  2. 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 16-ounce package frozen petite peas (do not thaw)
  4. 2 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  5. 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  6. 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, bring cream to simmer in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peas and simmer just until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 1/4 cups cheese and stir until melted and sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in mint and 1/4 cup parsley.
  4. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat, adding pasta cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.
  5. Serve, passing additional Parmesan alongside.

Serves 6-8.

Join The Conversation
kia kia 9 years
This combo sounds really good.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
Looks mmm mmmm mmmmmm good.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
It sounds really good. I'd try all the options. My husband's not a huge pasta fan, weird I know, so I'd have to sneak it in once in a blue moon.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Easy, yummy and I'd try all the suggestions. Love peas, love veggies, hell I love food.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I do love peas. And asparagus. There's something about a cheese sauce in 90-degree weather that just makes me nervous though. I think I'd probably pass out immediately after eating it.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
i'm with you elizabethrae.... not so hot on the peas. definitely asparagus though. that sounds really good..
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
That looks really good. I like the mushroom and sun-dried tomato suggestion. I think I'd leave the peas out though...
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