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Two-Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Tarragon


Nothing says spring like peas -- in this bright pasta dish we've used them two ways.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2008


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces gemelli or other short pasta
  • 12 ounces sugar snap peas, stem ends removed (and, if necessary, strings)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 3 minutes less than al dente. Add snap peas; cook 2 minutes, add peas, and cook 1 minute more. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta and vegetables, and return to pot.

  2. Toss pasta and vegetables with butter, tarragon, and ricotta, adding a little reserved pasta water as needed to create a thin sauce that coats pasta; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Divide pasta among four serving bowls, and garnish with tarragon, if desired. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To trim snap peas, cut off stem end with a knife. Or, if the string is especially tough, snap off stem end with fingers, and pull string down the pod.

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  • kimba3alb
    26 APR, 2017
    It was bland. I would not make it again.
  • acabininthewoods
    1 AUG, 2011
    Quick, easy & good!
  • vbretzer
    24 AUG, 2010
    It was light and tasty, great summer dish.
  • Courtneyfw
    4 JUN, 2010
    This recipe was very easy to make, but turned out really bland. Had to add a ton of salt and it still tasted bland. A squeeze of lemon juice helped, but this one unfortunately won't make it into the rotation.
  • CapabilityMom
    11 MAY, 2010
    Looks lovely - I can't wait to try this!
  • mellymells
    18 APR, 2010
    this was easy, fresh and yummy! like mac
  • Ingredients_of_a_Woman
    16 APR, 2010
    I love fresh tarragon. This pasta looks very light. Alba H, Rodriguez
  • brieh
    8 APR, 2010
    This was exactly as good as it looks, which is to say, not AMAZING, but worth making for sure. Also, it is EASY and FAST.
  • bambi_logan
    13 MAY, 2008
    Made this for dinner tonight... Both my boyfriend and I agreed that it tasted as though it was missing something. I think it's missing a meat; I may put diced bacon in it next time. He thinks he would probably put in some chicken or other meat. Other than that, it's pretty good! :-)