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Creamy Pea Pasta

The secret ingredient in this creamy pea pasta might surprise you… cottage cheese! A rogue one, I know, but combined with peas, basil, parmesan and garlic, it makes for a very delicious pasta sauce that has the added benefit of being high in protein.

I’m not ordinarily a fan of cottage cheese but I love this dish, so if you’re in the same boat, there’s a high chance you’ll love it too! But if you really, really can’t stomach the stuff, you can substitute it for ricotta, mascarpone, creme fraiche or even cream cheese.

  • Author: zenak
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 400g dried pasta of choice
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 200g cottage cheese
  • 20g fresh basil leaves
  • 30g parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 lemon, juice, optional
  • sprinkle of pink peppercorns, optional

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Season generously with salt (the water should be sea-level salty) and cook your pasta according to the package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, place the frozen peas in a bowl, cover with cold water and leave to thaw for 10 minutes, then drain.
  3. Place the thawed peas in a food processor, along with the cottage cheese, fresh basil leaves, parmigiano reggiano, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and blitz until smooth-ish. If needed, you can add a splash of water to loosen the sauce; just make sure you taste it and adjust the salt level to your liking afterwards.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving a two to three ladlefuls of the pasta cooking water. Add the sauce to the drained pasta, along with a splash of the pasta cooking water, and toss over a medium heat until the sauce nicely coats the pasta, adding more pasta water as needed. Serve with an extra drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and an optional squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of pink peppercorns – enjoy!

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Charlotte
5 months ago

Another delightful recipe from Zena! (Seriously love your recipes)
The flavors of nuttiness from the peas combined with the creaminess of the cottage cheese is a wonderful combo. The lemon lightens it up for nice balance. I especially loved how filling it was to have some added protein in the sauce! For one serving, I had around 50-60g of bucatini pasta with this sauce and it was a perfect amount to feel satiated (so long as you also feel like making some simple sides to go with it 🙂 ). I didn’t have pink peppercorns on hand, but used a nice twist of black peppercorn on top.

Definitely will make again and again!

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