Spring Garden Linguine with Ricotta

This easy to make pasta dish is full of the fresh, sweet, green flavors of spring like mint, fava beans, and peas.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 1999


  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound fresh fava beans, shelled
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen peas, shelled
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves, plus more leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Fill a large stockpot with water, add 1 tablespoon salt, and bring to a boil; meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Place beans in a sieve, and lower into water. Let water return to a boil, about 1 minute; blanch 1 minute more. Remove sieve from water, and place beans in ice bath. Transfer to a colander; drain. Peel and discard tough skins; set beans aside.

  2. Using same blanching water and sieve, blanch peas until just tender and bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove sieve from water; transfer peas to ice bath. Transfer peas to a colander, drain, and set aside.

  3. Discard blanching water; fill stockpot with fresh water. Add 1 tablespoon salt, and bring to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente.

  4. Meanwhile, combine ricotta, Parmesan, chopped mint, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Just before pasta has finished cooking, add 1 cup cooking water to cheese mixture; stir to combine.

  5. Drain pasta, and transfer to a serving bowl. Add the olive oil; toss. Add ricotta mixture, reserved fava beans, and reserved peas; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with mint leaves; serve.


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