spring pasta with asparagus and peas

Pasta with Peas and Asparagus

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It’s Moooooondayyyyy!!!! It feels like it too. After a long weekend of travel and big meals we are beat. Plus, after some carpooling, grocery shopping, gas tank filling and frantic packing, I am seriously hopping on another flight. Another flight. New York will be my 4th city in one week. I am pretty sure that counts as “heavy travel.” I am sort of subsisting on some “all natural” popcorn that they are now selling at the airport and “bars”. The nutritional ones- not the alchohal serving ones. Although, now that I don’t have the kids for a few days, I may be adding that into the repetoir.

Spring Pasta with Peas Asparagus and Butter

But because my girls are in good hands and I will see them in a few days, and because I left them the fixings for this pasta dish tonight, I am not feeling as guilty as usual.

Spring Pasta with Peas Asparagus and Butter

I fed them this a few weeks ago, and they actually liked it. I say actually because they are mostly into compartmentalized food. And by that I mean “PLAIN.” And this dish has the audacity to mix flavors and textures all at once. At least they are all flavors they like (this week).

Spring Pasta with Peas Asparagus and Butter

For Pia I subbed olive oil and goat cheese for the cow dairy. But when I made this for myself and a girlfriend about 10 days ago, I loved it with the butter and parmesan. I mean, who wouldn’t!? Plus the beautiful green peas and asparagus truly did trick me into believing Spring was here (please, please, please let it come!!)

Spring Pasta with Peas Asparagus and Butter

Perfect for a “Meatless Monday” or for any lovely vegetarian meal- this one is a Spring MUST!!

Spring Pasta with Peas Asparagus and Butter

Recipe: Pasta with Peas and Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti (regular or gluten free)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 8 ounces peas, hulled
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and sliced into small rounds
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup finely shredded parmesan

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta to al dente according to manufacturers directions.
  2. Ina large skillet or heavy pan, melt the butter and add the olive oil. Add the shallot and sprinkle with salt, cooking over medium heat about 5 minutes until the shallot is soft and tender but not browned.
  3. Add the peas and the asparagus and cook gently until they are just cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the wet pasta directly to the pan from the boiling water and stir in with the vegetables and the butter. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Gently fold in the parmesan cheese and serve hot with extra cheese for grating over the top.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

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34 Comments

  1. I love all the springy goodness in this!

  2. I love the way peas “pop” in your mouth when they’re in a dish like this – such a yummy recipe!

  3. Yum! What pretty colors! Buttery pasta is a huge comfort food for me.

  4. This is my heaven right here! All the greenery….delish! pinned

    But what I realllllly want are your serving spoons!!! WHERE Did you get them??! I’m guessing either Anthro or a super awesome vintage store. I want them!!

    • “Anthropologie” Averie!! They also have them in white I think! (they are my favorite!!)

  5. Maria says:

    Perfect pasta for spring!

  6. Ah this looks perfect after a weekend, green and delicious!

  7. Vicki B says:

    Gorgeous! And Trader Joe’s has packets of fresh peas.

    • I always get those there Vicki- they are so good!! (totally what I used here!)

  8. Jenny Flake says:

    Talk about gorgeous pasta!! Need to make this today :)

  9. cheri says:

    What a beautiful springtime dish!

  10. Oh man, you sure do travel a lot. I don’t know how you do it!! I’d be so frantic and heavily stressed out. You seem to maintain your cool very well! I love how springy this dish is!

    • Julie- no one said it was pretty- that is for sure!!lol!

  11. Gaby says:

    girl!! love this spring pasta dish! and cant believe you’re hoping on another flight! wish I was coming to NYC with you!

  12. naomi says:

    Good comfort is always welcoming, and made better when it’s fuss-free like this. (And good luck on the continue heavy travel!)

    • thank you Naomi- I couldn’t agree more about fuss free comfort food!

  13. Sharing everywhere!! LOVE this pasta Heather :)

  14. This pasta screams spring to me, love it!

  15. I just love the color in this, perfectly Spring! Our farmers market just opened this week and I got beautiful greens, perfect for some pasta.

    • I love that Fabiola! Fresh farmers greens sound divine- especially in a big bowl of pasta!

  16. Oh, this is spring on a plate. Yum

  17. That looks and sounds delicious! Fantastic recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  18. So nice and simple fresh and good!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous as usual! Safe travels, I’ll be eating this pasta and thinking of you!

  20. Dig dig dig diiiiiig it.