Lemony Pasta with Spring Vegetables and Greens

by Rachael Ray 11:14 AM, April 24, 2017

Aired July 18, 2017

Serves 4

12 ounces farro spaghetti, lemon spaghetti or thin spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 spring onions or 2 leeks, both whites and light greens, very thinly sliced on bias or chopped
1 bulb spring garlic or 2 large cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 pound thin asparagus, thinly sliced on bias
2 spring fennel or 1 small bulb, quartered and cored and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
1 cup fresh peas or fresh shelled fava beans
1 escarole, chopped or 2 to 3 heads gem Romaine lettuce
1 lemon
EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
A handful Pecorino cheese, to serve


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Once boiling, add salt and pasta, and cook to al dente.
While the pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat with olive oil, 2 turns of pan. Add onions or leeks, garlic, asparagus and fennel, and sauté 3 minutes. Add peas or shelled fava to the vegetables and wilt in greens. Add lemon zest and juice then reduce heat to lowest setting.
Reserve 1/2 mug of starchy pasta water then drain the pasta. Add pasta to skillet with sauce and vegetables and toss with reserved cooking water, a drizzle of EVOO and the Pecorino. Adjust seasoning and serve.


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