Pasta Primavera At Home

Cavatappi pesto basil pasta dish
Photo by Scott Suchman

A simple yet delicious dish, pasta primavera聽became聽an icon of New York City鈥檚 dining scene during the 1970s. Popularized by Le Cirque restaurant, the recipe has since been personalized countless times by other聽chefs聽and聽cookbook聽authors. It鈥檚 come to represent almost any combination of pasta with fresh vegetables, often in a cream sauce. This version has a pesto-like pea pur茅e as its base, which keeps things light and green for spring.聽

  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, or other salty hard cheese, grated
  • 1 packed cup parsley
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 12 ounces dried spiral pasta, like cavatappi, gemelli or fusilli
  • 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1陆-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces fresh snap peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
  • 录 packed cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Add 1 cup thawed peas, garlic, lemon juice, cheese, parsley and oil to food processor.Blend until smooth. Add salt, to taste. Transfer to large bowl and set aside.

Bring pot of lightly salted water to聽boil,聽and聽add pasta. Just before pasta reaches al dente, add asparagus and snap peas.聽Reserve聽about 戮cup pasta water.Continue聽to聽cook until pasta is al dente.

Add pasta water to pea pur茅e.Whisk until smooth.聽

Drain pasta and聽vegetables, and return to pot. Stir in pea pur茅e and remaining peas. Stir in pea pur茅e and remaining peas. Stir until heated through. Season with salt, to taste. Divide among plates, and garnish with basil. Serves 4.

Wine Pairing

Vi帽a Casablanca 2018 Nimbus Single Vineyard Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)

Chardonnay鈥檚 intrinsic acidity and chameleonic character make it especially聽food friendly.聽This bottling shows little oak influence, and instead combines ripe fruit with briny minerality.聽Though it has the body to stand up to hearty pasta, it also has a freshness that will go well with the dish鈥檚 bright green flavors.聽

Published on March 29, 2021