Sunday, February 25, 2007

More Peas If You Please Penne

From Every Day With Rachael Ray March 2007

1 pound penne pasta with ridges
3 C frozen peas
1/2 C chicken or vegetable broth
2 C ricotta cheese
3 Tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
1 c grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 C fresh basil leaves, sliced
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set aside a ladle of pasta cooking water and drain the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, put the peas and broth in a small saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes.
In a large serving bowl, mash half the peas and broth with the ricotta cheese. Toss with the pasta, butter and half the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Add the reserved pasta cooking water to moisten if needed. Stir in the remaining whole peas and the basil; season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining cheese.

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