For March's BrightRx, we are manifesting spring by highlighting verdant fare that channels sunnier days ahead. Jane Morgan of Jane Cooks For You has shared with us a light pasta filled with vibrant greenery.
"This pasta is my ideal spring meal. It’s light, bright, and full of flavor. The peas provide a hint of sweetness, the onions give it a nice sharpness, and the mint and lemon zest give it a refreshing finish."
"I love using tons of fresh, in-season alliums such as green garlic, ramps, and spring onions, but this pasta is excellent with any mix of onions you can find. It’s a match made in heaven with a healthy drizzle of Brightland’s bold and zesty ALIVE blend, leaving you with a big bowl of pasta that tastes like sunshine."
Spring Pasta with Peas, Alliums and Mint
By Jane Morgan
- 1 lb short pasta, such as rigatoni, shells, or lumache
- 2 tbs Brightland ALIVE olive oil, plus more for finishing
- 4 cups mixed alliums, such as spring onions, shallots, green garlic, yellow onions, ramps, scallions, or leeks, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ½ cup grated parmesan, plus more for serving
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup torn mint leaves
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt, add pasta, and cook until just al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water and drain.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbs olive oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Add the mixed alliums and garlic, season with salt and cracked black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the alliums are mostly tender and just starting to get golden in spots, about 5-8 minutes. Add peas and cook until just warmed through and bright green, about 2 minutes.
Add pasta, ½ cup parmesan, and ½ cup pasta water to the skillet with the peas and onions and cook, stirring constantly, until everything is well-combined and saucy, adding more pasta water if needed. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Plate the pasta and top it with lemon zest, more parmesan grated over top, flaky salt, cracked black pepper, and mint leaves. Finish it with another drizzle of olive oil, and enjoy!