Linguine with Spinach and Peas Recipe

Recipe Category: Pasta

Linguine With Spinach And Peas Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 3 To 4 Servings

  • salt for the pasta water
  • about ½ bag (about 5 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 good-sized cloves)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (plus extra to pass at the table)
  • ¾ pound linguine
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus extra to pass at the table)
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas, defrosted and at room temperature

Method

  1. Put a large pot of cold water to boil over high heat, and add a tablespoon of salt
  2. Place a large colander in the sink
  3. While the water is coming to a boil, tear the spinach into large bite-sized pieces (this pretty much means just tearing the leaves in half, since they’re already small) and drop them into a large bowl
  4. Pour the olive oil over the spinach, then sprinkle in the garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes
  5. Use tongs or a long-handled fork to mix, and set aside
  6. When the water boils, add the linguine, keeping the heat high
  7. Cook for the amount of time recommended on the package, tasting the pasta toward the end of the suggested time to be sure it is not getting overcooked
  8. When the linguine is just tender enough to bite into comfortably but not yet mushy, dump the water-plus-pasta into the colander
  9. Shake to mostly drain (it’s okay to leave some water clinging)
  10. Then transfer the pasta to the bowl containing the spinach mixture, mixing it in with the tongs or the fork until all the pasta is coated with olive oil
  11. The spinach will wilt on contact with the hot pasta
  12. Immediately sprinkle in the parmesan and toss well, so the cheese gets evenly distributed and melts nicely
  13. Add the peas, mixing them in very gently so you don’t break them
  14. Just shake the bowl a few times, and they’ll mix themselves in
  15. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, passing extra parmesan and red pepper flakes for people to add at the table

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