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Monday, May 7, 2012

Mint, Ricotta, Pine nut, and Pea Pasta

pea pasta This is a wonderful, light dish that makes the most of some of my favorite spring ingredients (peas and mint).  It can be served as a primi dish, a side to something else, on its own as a light spring meal or even as an appetizer in smaller portions.  If you have more time, I'd even suggest making ravioli using the pea pasta dough and then a filling of minced mint and pine nuts, blended with ricotta. See after the jump for ingredients and recipe....
014 Ingredients:
For Pasta Dough
  • 2 large eggs, 1 extra egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, heated thoroughly
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • sea salt for seasoning pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • semolina flour for dusting and storage
For Pasta
  • 1 cup ricotta, strained for approximately 30 minutes to remove some of the liquid
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves, sliced with several saved for garnish
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup pin nuts, depending on how much you love them
  • olive oil to drizzle over when serving
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  1. For instructions on how to make the pasta dough go here and just substitute the peas for beets.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta for approximately 2-3 minutes.  Fresh pasta really does not take long at all folks.
  3. Drain pasta and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Plate a spoonful of pasta on each plate and sprinkle with minced mint.  
  5. Place small dollops of Ricotta on top and sprinkle with pine nuts.
  6. Garnish with full mint leaves and season with extra pepper or salt if so desired.
011 What are your favorite spring ingredients?
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8 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! I have never made pasta before...not sure I can go there, but it looks so yummy!

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  2. OMG fresh pasta and everything! Looks really good!

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  3. This looks amazing! I'm bookmarking this recipe for when I'm back home.

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  4. That looks delicious and yes to fresh pasta!

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  5. i am a sucker for anything with ricotta! totally impressed that you made your own pasta!

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  6. Fresh pasta?! I see you're one of those people haha. I am a biiig pine nut lover. Nom nom nom.

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  7. OMG Amazing. I am definitely adding this to our menu for next week but might have to substitute some fresh vace's pasta for the homemade. Any advice on making your own pasta without a pasta maker? Avoid it altogether?

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