Lemony Pasta Salad with Peas


This Lemony Pasta Salad with Peas is a lovely side dish for chicken, fish or lamb.

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If you’d like to make it a more substantial meal, you can add one can of tuna, drained and flaked.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound short pasta, such as penne or rigatoni
  • 1 package (10 ounce) frozen baby peas or edamame
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed and finely minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: Charlene Dy

Prep time: 10 minutes;  Cook time: 10 minutes;  Serves 6

Instructions

Pasta-and-Peas-Salad-2-300x200In a large pot, cook pasta in boiling salted water as label directs.
Pasta-and-Peas-Salad-3-300x200Add frozen peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking the pasta. Drain pasta and peas.
Pasta-and-Peas-Salad-4-600x400Meanwhile, grate the peel from both lemons, taking care to only remove the yellow portion of the peel.Juice the lemons and reserve 3 tablespoons.

In a small microwave safe bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic. Heat for 1 or 2 minutes, or just until garlic is no longer raw.

In a large bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, and garlic oil mixture. Add pasta, peas, chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese to garlic dressing; toss to coat well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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