The delicate flavor of leeks provides the perfect flavor base for a spring vegetable pasta. A generous amount of fresh lemon zest and black pepper elevates the dish.


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • While bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and a pinch of salt; cook until leeks begin to soften and are bright in color, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender, about 5 more minutes. Turn off heat. Finely grate zest of lemons directly into skillet, and season generously with pepper.

  • When water boils, add sugar snap peas to boiling water, and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Transfer peas to a plate using a strainer.

  • Add pasta to boiling water, and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes (do not drain water). Transfer pasta to skillet using the strainer. Add sugar snap peas. Gradually stir in 1 cup pasta water, about 1/2 cup at a time, alternating with ricotta and half the Pecorino and tossing until pasta is coated and sauce is creamy.

  • Divide among 4 bowls, and top with remaining grated cheese.

Cook's Notes

Work with whatever is in your crisper: You can substitute asparagus or green beans for the sugar snap peas. Even frozen peas will do.

Cook's Notes

Make your pasta pot work overtime: Before adding the noodles, blanch your crunchy vegetables in the boiling salted water.

Reviews (3)

14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
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I followed this recipe as is and was pretty underwhelmed. It was bland to me so perhaps it just needed more salt in the pasta water and/or more salt and pepper when mixing the ingredients together.
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Great recipe. I added some turkey sausage that I cooked separately to make it a one-dish meal.
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changed it up a bit, had some grilled chicken leftover from the night before, so shredded that and added to the cooked leeks/lemon zest mixture. Tossed the mixture into the cooked pasta and Instead of ricotta, I used a little heavy cream and pasta water...fabulous!!! A new favorite :)