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Lisa’s Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce

Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce

Try Lisa’s Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce this summer! A marriage of seasonal produce, Italian pappardelle, and joyous al fresco dining, it’s sure to take your summer Sunday dinners up a notch. Visit Lisa’s YouTube channel @ItalianSundayDinner to see her make the recipe!

Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce Ingredients:

2 cups spring peas

1 lb pappardelle pasta

1 cup crème fraiche or whole milk greek yogurt

½ cup heavy whipping cream

2 cloves garlic

¼ teaspoon fresh ground thyme

1 spring scallion, white part only, chopped

Butter for cooking

Salt & pepper to taste 

Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce Directions:

In a medium sauté pan, place 2 tablespoons of butter, the chopped white onion, and 2 cups of spring peas. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, until the peas are tender but not overcooked. Separate into two 1 cup containers of peas. In a blender, place 1 cup of peas, the crème fraiche or Greek yogurt, the garlic, and purée until fairly smooth. The peas will not purée completely, they will be a little bumpy. If the mixture is too thick, add 1/8 cup of the heavy whipping cream.


Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea SaucePasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce

Cook the pappardelle according to the package directions. Drain and in a large pasta bowl toss with the puréed pea mixture. Add the 1 cup of whole peas that you have set aside. Add salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. If the sauce is too thick, add the remaining ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Top with Parmigiano Reggiano Enjoy.

Pasta with Creamy Spring Pea SaucePasta with Creamy Spring Pea Sauce

About the Author
Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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