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Spring Pasta

  • Servings: 6
Spring Pasta

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, April 1998

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 small eggplants
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen peas
  • 6 spring onions or scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch arugula, trimmed
  • 1 pound dry fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Prick eggplant several times with the tip of a knife. Place it in a parchment-lined bamboo steamer set over boiling water, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peas, and season with salt. Cook, covered, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and pasta, and cook until pasta is al dente, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain pasta. Meanwhile, in the same skillet you used for the peas, heat remaining tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add spring onions, parsley, sage, chives, garlic, cooked peas, salt, and 1 tablespoon water. Cook, covered, until onions are bright green, 3 to 5 minutes. Add arugula, and cook until wilted. Top cooked pasta with pea mixture. Garnish with 1 tablespoon chervil and 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

  4. Remove eggplant from steamer, and cut lengthwise almost in half. Top each eggplant with 1/4 cup ricotta cheese; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and remaining tablespoon chervil. Top each serving of pasta with a ricotta-stuffed eggplant, and serve immediately.

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