Sunday, April 29, 2012

Toasted Garlic and Sweet Pea Pasta

I love pasta, but I don't always feel like a classic tomato sauce or a cheese sauce, so this is a great alternate way to enjoy some pasta. This recipe is another from a Rachael Ray cookbook.
Get some water on to boil and lets gather some ingredients. You need some peas, pasta, red pepper, parsley, thyme, cheese, wine, garlic, shallot or onion, chicken stock and salt and pepper.
shallots and garlic
Chop your onion and slice your garlic thin. This is the only chopping you need to do, now it is on to measuring.
ready to go in the pan
Measure your broth, wine and get your measuring cup so you can reserve some pasta water.
high tech pasta cooking
I know I said to get some water boiling, but I am using my awesome microwave pasta cooker.
oil slick
Get some oil in a pan over medium heat.
Get the garlic in and keep an eye on it! You want to cook it until it just starts to get brown.
toasty garlic
This is about ready to come out.
garlic out. hard to refrain from just eating this.
Ok, outta there!
shallots, red pepper, thyme, salt and pepper
Now you can add in your shallots, red pepper, thyme and salt and pepper. Cook this for about five minutes, stirring every once in a while.
wine in
Add the wine and cook for about 2 minutes.
chicken stock in
Add in the stock and cook for another 2 minutes.
actually remembered to reserve some pasta water
Your pasta should be done, so drain it, but reserve some of the pasta water.
a sea of green
Add in the peas and some of the reserved pasta water, bring it back to a boil.
glorious garlic
Mash up some of the peas with the back of a spoon and get the parsley and garlic in the pan.
pasta in
Get the pasta in the pan and give it a stir.
oh cheese how I love you
Add in the cheese and you are ready to eat!
Toasted Garlic and Sweet Pea Pasta
This is a delicious alternative to classic pasta sauces. You can easily make this vegetarian with vegetable broth and you could make it vegan by omitting the cheese.

What is your favorite non-traditional pasta sauce?


  1. That looks so good and fresh! Okay, you've convinced me. My Uncle gave me one of those microwave pasta things and its been in my basement for two Christmas's! I'll pull that out soon. :D

    Happy Monday!

  2. This pasta looks so delicious! What wonderful flavors!

  3. I'm so used to traditional sauces that not often enough do I switch. This looks so fresh and green though...yum! I do like pesto and pasta too.

  4. Great picture tutorial - I would love this and probably eat way too much! Pasta is so enticing to me.

  5. I really need to get that microwave pasta cooker, it would make my life a lot easier and like how this pasta sounds, toasted garlic is one of the best things and it isn't strong at all, I love to make my sauces with what I have in hand the other day I made rosemary pesto because I had a lot of rosemary and it was great!

  6. Yum, what a mouthwatering recipe. I love fresh spring peas and this dish is a lovely way to enjoy them.

  7. This is my kind of pasta. Simply easy to cook and feel to eat :D

  8. It looks great! I too get bored with plain tomato sauce.

  9. I adore any dish with peas.....looks amazing.

  10. This sounds delicious. I am a huge fan of peas and like them in everything except dessert:-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  11. This sounds like a perfect dish. I enjoy all of these flavors. Blessings, Catherine xo

  12. mmmhmmm, that's what I'm talkin bout! I love fried/toasted or roasted garlic and can eat an entire bulb as a snack that way...and still crave more! lol I just got a tupperware pasta cooker just like that one except it's like a blue-green color like the microwave rice cooker I bought. We heart it too!

  13. Made with vegetable broth and no oil. Sprinkled with hemp seed instead of cheese. Delish!