Hello Spring Asparagus & Pea Pasta
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
3/4 lb. asparagus, ends snapped off and cut into 1'' pieces
1 c. peas (fresh or frozen & thawed - they can be easily thawed in the microwave)
6 oz. (about 2 c.) whole wheat rotini pasta (this shape holds onto the ricotta the best)
1/3 c. walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
Whole-milk ricotta cheese
Boil water for the pasta. Meanwhile, snap off the tough ends of the asparagus and cut into 1'' pieces. Also, toast the walnuts in a small skillet until fragrant and lightly browned, a few minutes, then roughly chop.
Add the pasta when the water is boiling and cook until al dente (according to package directions - or about 9 minutes), adding the asparagus and peas for the last 3 minutes of cooking time.
Drain and toss with 1 T. olive oil, 1/2 t. salt and 1/4. t. pepper. Divide into pasta bowls and top with a large dollop of ricotta, a fresh grating of lemon zest, walnuts, pinch of kosher salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.