Saturday, February 23, 2013

Smitten Kitchen Creamy Pasta Alfredo


Ever since I bought the wonderful Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (and I had it on pre-order) I've been meaning to make this.  It's Lent at the moment and that means, according to my children, no meat on Fridays.  I keep forgetting and serving up something like brisket much to their fury. They wrote on the calendar and left notes on my desk to remind me so there was no excuse. The penny finally dropped that Friday was the perfect time for Pasta Alfredo - every Friday.

Pasta Alfredo, adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

1 packet of pasta shells
Fresh parsley
1 cup of heavy cream
Zest of a lemon
pinch of nutmeg
4 oz unsalted butter
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of water to the boil.  Cook the pasta according to the packet directions.

While the pasta is cooking heat the cream in a pan, bring to a simmer and allow to cook for a few minutes.  Add the butter and lemon zest and stir until melted.  Add 3/4 cup of the cheese and stir until you have a smooth sauce.  Add the nutmeg and some finely chopped parsley.

Drain the pasta, add to the sauce, pour in the frozen peas which will cook in the heat and combine well..  Add the rest of the cheese, another handful of chopped parsley, a sprinkle of salt and a good grinding of black pepper.

Eat immediately and pass some extra Parmesan for good measure.




36 comments:

  1. I enjoy comfort foods like this one~ I have Smitten's Kitchen cookbook too!

    This is a nice meal for a meatless entree.

    Velva

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  2. Pasta is my all time comfort food - yours looks so great! I love the addition of peas!

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  3. I normally make this with ham added, an absolute no for your kids! A great plate of pasta Mary!

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  4. Yes, I enjoy the Smitten Kitchen as well, and I'm happy to find another thing we have in common :)

    Miriam.

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  5. Very yummy looking and your photos are VERY enticing, I want to run out to the market right now and get the ingredients for this! :)

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  6. This is a lovely dish, with a gorgeous and sauce, and peas which give the dish a nice green color and flavor.

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  7. I wouldn't miss the meat at all--this looks yummy. i wish I had some right now!

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  8. I would say that this dish would make for a perfect Friday...
    Looks goooooood.

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  9. This looks like an awesome meatless meal! I am observing Lent, so it's always great to have yummy meatless meal ideas!

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  10. This is wonderful, she also has a blog I used to follow.

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  11. Pasta and cream and cheese with a few refreshing green peas. It sounds wonderful, Mary! I love those pasta shell shapes too!

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  12. I, too, have the Smitten Kitchen cookbook! Great minds and all that! I need to make this. Yours looks so good! xxoo

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  14. I love this light and creamy pasta ! It looks very appetizing ! Perfect for Lent indeed :D

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  15. Looks lovely- my kids would adore this, on Friday and every other day...! I always liked the combo of pasta and peas, and I can imagine that accompanied by a lovely Italian style salad (maybe raddicio or chicory would offset the sweet creaminess of the pasta nicely?) to bump up the veg content, it would make a fantastic main course.

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  16. This is quite simply marvelous, judging from the picture and the description. I don't normally eat pasta before 7 am, but I'm hungry for it today.

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  17. Mary, this looks so delicious and comforting! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, giving me the wonderful opportunity to find your lovely blog! Have a beautiful day! Carol xox

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  18. Wonderful recipe and I adore Smitten Kitchen's recipes!

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  19. Mmmm...love Alfredo anything - and this looks amazing. I like the addition of peas, I don't think I've ever put any in mine. So...can I make a standing dinner date at your house for Fridays then? ;)

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  20. I would love this! And I agree with Stephen, any time of day:@)

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  21. You can't beat this dish. I would happily eat it every Friday.

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  22. I always end up with too many bags of peas and dont know what to do with them! Your pic is very inviting! Now you are making me motivated to do a meatless day too, Mary:-) x

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  23. The pasta shells seem perfect for the sauce. My mouth is watering just looking at your photos!

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  24. Hi Mary, thank you for your sweet words on my blog! I love Alfredo pasta of any type and the shells are one of my most favorite of all the pastas. The peas are such a good pairing with this delicious sauce. Yours turned out so creamy, and delicious! xo

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  25. Oh I love pasta this looks sooooo tasty!!! :)

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  26. This looks incredibly delicious! Such a yummy meatless meal!

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  27. I am trying to not bring anymore cookbooks into the home - although I keep picking up Smitten Kitchen's cookbook wherever I go. One of these days I will break and bring it home. This alfredo is perfect - meatless for a nice break, rich for winter-eating and a comforting blanket from the cold.

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  28. This pasta looks great Mary and so simple! Have you tried her spaghetti squash tacos yet? They're amazing and my whole family gave them the thumbs up. Give them a try. Jackie :)

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  29. A healthy yet so flavourful and delicious pasta dish. Can't wait to try it!

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  30. This just looks really delish!I love that it has peas!

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  31. I like any kind of pasta and pics are drool worthy, looks very yummy.
    I'm following you here so I can come back to see your upcoming post.
    Have a great week ahead!

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  32. Mary like everything else on your blog, this sounds wonderful. Who needs meat:-). I have to give this recipe a try and search out the cookbook. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  33. Oh my, that dish looks delicious! I have her cookbook, too, so I think I know what's for dinner tonight!

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  34. Nice to have a meat free day, and pasta is the perfect solution!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  35. Ooh, that cream sauce sounds delicious!

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