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Minimal Monday: Pasta with Fresh Peas, Lemon and Mint

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Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint ~ a fresh and easy 30 minute meal that’s definitely not the same old pasta night ~ the family’s going to love this!

A bowl of Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint.

Fresh garden peas are only around for the blink of an eye.  When you spot them don’t think twice.
If you buy your peas at a farmer’s market you may be able to find someone who is selling them already shelled.  Can’t find fresh peas?  Don’t make this dish.

A bowl of peas for Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint.

Garlic and mint leaves for Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint.

For this dish each ingredient is as important as the next. Be heavy handed with them all.  It’s as much a bowl of fresh peas as it is a pasta.  The mint and the lemon and the garlic and the pepper flakes all sing out equally.  Use a full cup of deeply toasted pine nuts.  You won’t be sorry.

A pan of Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint.

A pan of Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint with pine nuts.

A bowl of Pasta with Fresh Peas Lemon and Mint.


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Pasta with Fresh Peas, Lemon and Mint

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  • 3/4 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 2 cups fresh shelled peas
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bunch fresh mint sliced in fine ribbons
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese
  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts


  • Cook your pasta in lots of salted boiling water. Time it for a few minutes less than the package directions for true al dente. For the last minute of cooking, put the peas into the pot and bring the water back to a boil. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan and saute the garlic and red pepper flakes for a few minutes, don’t let the garlic brown.
  • Add wine and lemon juice to the pan and let the liquid cook down for a few minutes.
  • Add the lemon zest and fresh mint. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Heat through.
  • Add the cooked pasta and peas directly into the pan and toss to combine everything well.
  • Toss with the grated cheese and taste for seasoning.
  • Serve with more grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese, fresh black pepper and the toasted pine nuts.

Note ~  Remember, minimal dishes are your excuse to go for the really good ingredients.  Invest in a great olive oil, and buy the good cheese— Parmesan Reggiano.  You’re going to taste the difference.



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    Susan Lindquist
    May 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I cannot wait for fresh peas to come in from the garden … this is one of the first plates I’ll make with them! So simple and wonderful! Your new kitchen has great lighting … your photos are just as wonderful as ever! Welcome home to your new home!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    May 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Yum, this sounds like my kind of lunch, fresh, simple and fabulous – love it!

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    Thyme (Sarah)
    May 13, 2012 at 1:30 am

    I am on the lookout for fresh peas! I am craving them in all sorts of dishes. This pasta dish looks delicious.

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    May 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Pasta is my favorite food group! Yours looks so inviting and tasty! I am definitely making this! Have a lovely Mother’s Day!

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    May 12, 2012 at 4:23 am

    This looks wonderful.I am a pea fancier , so I know I would love this. It really sounds delicious and your photos are worthy of a magazine cover. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

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    May 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    I’ll try to spell better this time!
    Beautiful pasta…gotta love spring. Happy Friday!

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    May 11, 2012 at 3:50 am

    I love the simplicity! and it looks so fresh and delicious

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    May 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    those peas just pop! Wow, it looks amazing and so fresh and vibrant. I could feel good in my bathing suit this summer if I ate this every night. Its healthy and yet delicious looking

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    May 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    What a wonderful meatless dis! Those peas are so beautiful!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This sounds fabulous! Our farmers’ market is opening this Saturday and I hope someone has fresh peas. My little pea shoots are only about 5″ tall so it’ll be a while before I have my own fresh peas 🙂

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    May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    i genuinely feel sorry for people who’ve never had fresh peas–they’re missing out!

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    Hungry Dog
    May 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I like the looks of this pasta. I’ll have to be on the lookout for fresh peas…haven’t seen any yet.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    May 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    What a very pretty pasta dish this is. I love the rich green color of the peas. You make such yummy dishes.

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    May 8, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I remember shucking peas on the back porch when I was a kid….some kitchen chores are perfect for kids and that is one of them!
    This looks fabulous, Sue. Great colors, yummy fresh ingredients.

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    May 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Sue, I kid you not, we had this for lunch today! Then I saw your recipe in the blogger feed and did a doublet take. We make ours with whole wheat angel hair pasta, but yours looks absolutely delish.

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    May 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Our peas are coming and then I will make this dish! Just sings of springtime and makes it seem as if all is right at the end of the day.

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    May 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

    this looks so good!!! It’s going to be supper tomorrow!!
    Mary x

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    the gardener's cottage
    May 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

    this sounds so yummy sue. and fresh peas are everywhere around here now. i wish you could just come over and make it for me!

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    Sabrina Webb
    May 8, 2012 at 2:01 am

    gorgeous dish!

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    May 8, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Whenever I come across fresh peas, I end up eating them as soon as I get them out of their shells. I imagine they would be delicious tossed with pasta and cheese.

    This will be a nice recipe to try if I can manage to restrain myself!

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    Lea Ann
    May 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful. Fresh and easy. I’m such a sucker for peas and pasta, you know I’ll be stirring this one up.

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    The Slow Roasted Italian
    May 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Oh this dish looks amazing. My pea plants are still knee high to an ant. I am hoping with shade they will make it. If not, I am bookmarking this to make in the fall. I really like the mint with the lemon and parm.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    May 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Our peas are blooming and it won’t be long now! Love my peas 🙂 Love the sound of this dish!

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    May 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I actually laughed at your “Don’t Make This Dish.” Sheesh, and here I was thinking that frozen might work. 😉 We should have garden fresh peas soon though. I am looking forward to it!! This dish is lovely.