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Playing Pasta with Ricotta and Peas


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large shallots or 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups fresh shelled peas
  • 2 cups fresh ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pound conchiglie (small, conch shell-shaped pasta) or other short-cut pasta like penne rigate, farfalle or short fusilli
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling


Serves: 4


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 2 turns of the pan of olive oil.  When hot, add butter to oil. When it foams, add shallots or onions and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Stir 3 minutes then add stock; boil and reduce heat to a low simmer.

Salt pasta water, drop pasta to cook to a minute shy of al dente. 
Add peas to simmering stock and cook 3-4 minutes then stir in the ricotta and warm through; add thyme and lemon zest. Reserve 1/2 cup starchy, pasta water then drain pasta. Add pasta to sauce along with the starchy water and grated cheese; toss to coat. Add most of the parsley and mint, and transfer to serving bowl. Top with drizzle of EVOO and remaining mint and parsley.