Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A sauce for all seasons.

It's spring. Spring vegetables like peas or fava are abundant.
Here is my version of a light sauce as pasta primavera, or pasta with spring vegetables.

2 T Olive oil
1T butter
1/2 C chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
a small bunch of chopped parsley, or mint
1/2 C of white wine
1/2 C of chicken stock
1/4 C of heavy cream
2 Cs of fresh or frozen peas or fava, shelled, blanched and outer skin removed
salt and pepper to taste
Fettuccine noodles

Start the pot of water for the fettuccine. Add a Tablespoon of salt and prepare the sauce while the water achieves the boiling point.

In a saute pan, saute' the onion with the oil and the butter until soft. Add garlic and stir until opaque. Add wine and stir until most of it is absorbed. Add chicken stock and  heavy cream until warmed up, then salt and pepper to taste, and 2 Cs of peas, fresh or frozen. If you use fresh fava, blanch them in the boiling water before the pasta is added; remove and cool; slip off the outer skin and add the naked fava to the sauce.
Keep warm.
(Both fava and peas will cook by the time the pasta is added.)

Cook the pasta, drain it, and add it to the sauce and stir until everything is coated, and the peas have softened.  To serve, pass some grated cheese, add chopped mint or parsley and  enjoy.

Other variations:
Cubed zucchini
Artichokes, cleaned, blanched, cut in smaller pieces and sauteed with the onions.


  1. Mmmmmmm! This sounds delicious. Thanks, Rosaria!

  2. You need a "pin it" button so I can save your recipes to Pinterest! I might try this...I'll have to throw in some leftover chicken or the spouse won't think it's a meal. I've never eaten fava. I'll check it out next time I'm at the grocery store.

  3. I love primavera - perfect springtime flavours :)