Under 30 Minutes
Creamy Pasta with Peas
Peppery arugula and toasted pine nuts add grown-up flavors to a kid-friendly pasta dish. The bowties (farfalle) are always popular with kids, but you could use other short pasta shapes in this recipe, such as fusilli, orecchiette, or penne.
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 12 ounces farfalle pasta
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/3 cup canned reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 bunch (5 ounces) arugula, tough stems removed, chopped
For the kids (serves 2): In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions; add peas 1 minute before end of cooking. Drain; return pasta and peas to pot.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine cream and chicken broth; simmer until thickened slightly, 7 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until melted.
Add sauce to pasta and peas; toss to combine. Season with salt. Divide half the pasta among serving bowls; reserve remaining in pot for the adults.
For the adults (serves 2): Toast pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat, shaking frequently, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to reserved pasta along with arugula; season with pepper. Toss to combine, and serve immediately.
SourceEveryday Food, September 2005