Welcome to a new feature on this blog, in which I attempt to create a meal out of five ingredients or less.
Today’s challenge involves one of my favorite freezer staples: frozen peas. I love, love, love peas — not necessarily to eat, but rather the word, pea. Or, in French, petits pois. It’s just so darn cute and appealing! Anyway, I digress. What to do when it’s Sunday night, your husband wants pasta, and you have massive amounts of peas left over from last night’s dinner party?
I used the following five items:
- Frozen peas
- chicken stock
- nonfat ricotta cheese
- penne pasta
I sauteed some chopped garlic in olive oil until soft, added about 1 cup of chicken broth, and then the peas. My peas were cooked, so I just heated them through, then pureed everything with my immersion blender. I swirled in some ricotta cheese and then tossed everything with the penne, along with a 1/2 cup whole peas for garnish (*okay, I forgot to save out the whole peas, but I should have done this). A sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese on top, et voila! — pates aux petits pois.
Next time I might add some fresh or dried mint, because peas and mint are a lovely combination. But that would increase the list to six ingredients.