Macaroni Peas

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Macaroni Peas
Simon Wheeler

Macaroni Peas Recipe

Peas and pasta with bacon or ham is a classic macaroni combination. In this dish, Parmasean gives the desired salty-savory note. Some of the peas remain whole, to give a pelasing, pop-in-the-mouth texture; the rest are blitzed to form a creamy pea sauce. Click Here to Read About River Cottage Veg.

4
Servings
463
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound shelled peas (fresh or frozen) or petite peas
  • 10 Ounces macaroni or smallish pasta shapes, such as orecchiette, fusilli, or orzo
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Ounce Parmesan, hard goat cheese, or other well-flavored hard cheese, coarsely grated, plus extra to serve
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Shredded basil or flat-leaf, parsley, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Put a large pot of well-salted water on to boil so that you’re ready to cook the pasta while the sauce is coming together.

Put the peas in a saucepan, cover with water, bring to a boil and simmer until tender — just a couple of minutes for frozen or very tender, fresh peas, longer for older fresh peas.

When the peas are almost cooked, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small frying pan over low heat and add the garlic. Let it cook gently for just a couple of minutes, without coloring, then remove from the heat.

Drain the peas, reserving the cooking water. Put about half of them 
in a blender with 6 tablespoons of the cooking water, the butter and garlic, and the grated cheese. Blitz to a smooth, loose purée, adding 
a little more water if needed. Combine with the whole peas and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta as soon as it is ready and toss immediately with the 
hot pea sauce. Serve topped with plenty of ground black pepper and more grated cheese. Shredded basil or chopped flat-leaf parsley is 
a good, but by no means essential, finishing touch.

Macaroni Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Macaroni Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
36%
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Protein
17g
35%
Carbs
70g
23%
Vitamin A
135µg
15%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
15.4%
Vitamin C
46mg
76%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.5mg
2.7%
Vitamin K
30µg
38%
Calcium
98mg
10%
Fiber
8g
33%
Folate (food)
89µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
89µg
22%
Iron
3mg
15%
Magnesium
78mg
20%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
18%
Phosphorus
295mg
42%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
454mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
13.4%
Sodium
473mg
20%
Thiamin (B1)
0.4mg
24.7%
Trans
0.4g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
18%