Pasta Primavara with Asparagus and Peas
A gorgeous pasta sparkling with color, nutrition, and flavor. Perfect for a holiday celebration or a healthy everyday meal.
- ¼ lb. sugar snap peas stems trimmed
- ½ lb. asparagus ends snapped
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ cup fresh English peas I used frozen
- ¼ cup thinly sliced spring onion white part only (or use shallot)
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- ½ tsp. fine sea salt more as needed
- Black pepper more as needed
- 12 oz. fettuccine or tagliatelle fresh or dried
- ⅔ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano at room temperature
- ½ cup crème fraîche or whole milk Greek yogurt at room temperature*
- 3 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
- Just a pinch of dried tarragon
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- While the water is coming to a boil, slice snap peas and asparagus stems into 1/4-inch-thick pieces; leave asparagus tips whole.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add snap peas, asparagus, English peas and onion. Cook until vegetables are barely tender (but not too soft or mushy), 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
- Drop pasta into boiling water and cook until al dente (1 to 3 minutes for fresh pasta, more for dried pasta). Drain well and transfer pasta to a large bowl. Immediately toss pasta with vegetables, Parmigiano-Reggiano, crème fraiche and herbs.
- * A number of those commenting on this recipe suggested using a bit of olive oil and lemon zest in place of the crème fraîche to lighten the dish. Also, if dish appears dry, add some reserved cooking water from noodles. Season generously with salt and pepper, if needed. I also subbed small frozen peas for the English peas. (Lightly adapted from Melissa Clark)