Whole Wheat Linguini or Spaghetti with Peas and Herbs

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, May 13, 2011

Aired May 13, 2011

Serves 4
1 pound whole wheat or whole grain linguini or spaghetti
2 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 cups shelled spring peas or 2 cups defrosted frozen organic peas
1 teaspoon sugar
Finely ground pepper
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup tarragon leaves, chopped
1/2 cup mint, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Heat a pot of water to a boil for pasta, once boiling salt water and cook pasta to al dente.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat, add butter to oil and melt, add onions, garlic and cook to soften 5-6 minutes.

In a saucepot, bring chicken stock to a boil. Drop the peas into the stock and cook for 5 minutes. Remove half the peas and add to the skillet. Sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper and let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

In a food processor, add parsley, tarragon, mint, lemon zest, remaining peas, and stock. Process until combined.

Just before draining pasta reserve a cup of starchy cooking water, in case sauce is too thick.

Drain pasta and add to peas, add starchy water and toss vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Top with cheese and serve.