Pasta with Snap Peas, Garlic, Lemon Zest, and Black Pepper

Pasta
with Snap Peas, Garlic, Lemon Zest, and Black Pepper 

A quick and easy vegan
pasta dish 

From our
friends at Serious East

A quick
and easy vegan pasta dish with snap peas flavored with garlic and black pepper.
A touch of cornstarch helps the sauce to emulsify into a pasta-coating texture.

 

·        
YIELD: serves 2 to 3

·        
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes

·        
TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

·        
1 pound
snap peas, trimmed

·        
Kosher
salt

·        
1/2
teaspoon corn starch

·        
1/2
pound ridged pasta such as cavatappi, penne rigate, or ziti

·        
1/4 cup
extra virgin olive oil

·        
4 cloves
garlic, finely sliced

·        
Pinch
red pepper flakes

·        
Freshly
ground black pepper

·        
1
tablespoon juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 1 lemon

·        
2
tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

 

Directions:

1.      
Bring a
large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add snap peas and cook until bright
green but still crunchy, about 2 minutes. Strain and run under cool water until
chilled. Drain and transfer to a small bowl. Toss with corn starch and set
aside.

2.     
Place
pasta in now-empty saucepan and cover with water by 1 inch. Season to taste
with salt. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Continue to cook until pasta is barely al dente (follow package instructions
for timing). Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Add cooking
liquid to bowl with snap peas, stirring to ensure cornstarch is dissolved.

3.     
Empty saucepan
and wipe out with paper towels to dry. Add oil and garlic. Cook over medium
high heat, stirring frequently, until garlic starts to take on hints of color
around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add pepper flakes and a few good grinds of
black pepper followed by snap peas. Bring to a boil, then add drained pasta,
lemon juice, and parsley leaves. Toss to combine, Continue cooking, stirring
constantly, until sauce is reduced to desired consistency (about 1 minute),
season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired, and serve, topping each
serving with lemon zest.

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