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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.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, September 2005


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine cream and chicken broth; simmer until thickened slightly, 7 minutes. Stir in Parmesan until melted.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Cook's Notes

Before using, be sure to wash the arugula well in several changes of cold water to remove all the grit, then pat dry with paper towels.

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  • berkeleymomKKT
    10 DEC, 2008
    Delicious, the whole family loves it (minus the arugula and pine nuts for the kids) and I usually add some shredded chicken for a complete meal. So easy too.
  • jo68
    5 SEP, 2008
    For little ones I would change the Arugula to baby spinach leaves and omit the pinenuts.
  • Shadebay
    2 SEP, 2008
    I would use 1/2 and half in place of heavy cream and reduce fat chichen broth.
  • j4jackie
    2 SEP, 2008
    There are several Fat-Free 1/2
  • lisalurz
    2 SEP, 2008
    I second that! Let's help our nation move forward to eating healthier - TODAY!
  • boscoinbarrie
    2 SEP, 2008
    Love the idea but hate the cream I often substitute evaporated milk and it works great without the fat!
  • Lalonde
    2 SEP, 2008
    A substitute for heavy cream would be great...there are too many fat ingredients in these recipes....substitutes for the heavy fats would be welcomed.