Smarter Living: Recipes


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  • 1 packet pappardelle
  • 1 cup freshly shelled English peas
  • 1 cup freshly shelled fava beans
  • 1 cup tender asparagus, chopped into 1/2-inch sticks
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, sliced
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 10 fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a strong boil. Add pasta and return to a boil.
  2. Add peas, beans and asparagus. Bring back to a boil and cook until the pasta has softened but still has a bite—about 6 to 8 minutes more.
  3. While cooking the pasta and vegetables, heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Just when garlic starts to brown, add cream.
  4. Drain cooked pasta and vegetables, reserving a little of the water (to thin the sauce, if needed). Add pasta and vegetables to the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle in chopped mint and half of the cheese; toss to coat everything well.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, add a little of the cooking water.
  7. To serve, top with remaining cheese and a good splash of olive oil.

last revised 8/9/2011

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