i love the whole process of shelling peas. it is one of those tasks that just feels like summer. sitting on the front porch, enjoying the breeze, imagining recipes for quick, easy and delicious dinners...one of my favorite pastimes.
happily it is "spring pea" week at food network's summerfest . i look forward to all the amazing sounding recipes my blogger friends will submit. i made a spicy pea, asparagus & pine nut with brown rice salad over at my other food blog red or green? and today i made a very simple pasta dish with a mix of greens, baby bella mushrooms and sweet english peas. just what i want on a warm summer day. just remember...don't over cook the peas...you want that "fresh from the garden" taste. they only need a minute. of course, i eat half of the bushel raw as soon as i shell. the cooks treat and so very delicious. happy summer everyone!
pasta with spring peas, mushrooms & greens
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 white onion, quartered & sliced
8 oz baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz mixed greens, chopped (kale, bok choy, spinach, chard, mizuna, tat soi...whatever you like)
1 cup white wine
freshly cracked black pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 lb whole wheat pasta
1 lb spring peas in pod, shelled
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese( i use a vegetable peeler)
bring a large pot of water to a boil. cook the pasta according to package directions. remove pasta from water 1 minute before directed.
in a large skillet, warm the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. add the onion and mushrooms and saute for 4 minutes or until soft and mushrooms release their juices. add garlic and saute for 1 minute. add wine, raise heat to high and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. reduce heat to medium and add greens. cook for 3-5 minutes or until greens are wilted and wine reduced a bit. season with sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. add pasta and cook for 1 minute. add peas, stir and cook for an additional minute. (do not overcook peas) taste and adjust seasonings if needed. serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of parmigiano reggiano cheese.
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