This recipe is quick and easy to whip up on a busy weekday night for dinner. I had not tried pea greens until recently and now that I have, I am hooked. They have a slightly sweet taste to them. The picture on the left is what the pea greens look like. I got mine a local farmer’s market, but they can be found at the grocery store in the produce section. The sauce may seem like it would be heavy, but it comes out nice and light.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes
16oz of ricotta cheese
16oz container of sliced mushrooms, chopped
1.5 cups of pea greens, chopped
1/4 cup of chicken broth
1/2 tablespoon of salt
1/2 tablespoon of pepper
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of butter
3 tablespoons of olive oil
16oz package of spaghetti (or other long pasta such as fettuccine)
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fill a large pot with 3 quarts of water and set on stove to boil to cook the spaghetti. Add a little bit of salt and 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot. The reason for doing this is to keep the spaghetti from sticking together. The salt alone will not do this, but the small amount of olive oil will. You can do this anytime you could pasta.
Once the water has come to a boil, cook according to the package directions for your pasta.
While the pasta water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Once the oil has heated, should take about a minute, add the butter and mushrooms to the pan. Cook until the mushrooms are light brown, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Next take the ricotta cheese, egg and chicken broth and combine in an oven proof dish. Add the pea greens and the mushroom mixture from the pan. Stir until all the ingredients are well mixed. Place the dish in the oven for about 10 minutes. The reason we are doing this is to make sure that the egg is not raw when we serve the meal.
Once your pasta is cooked and drained, place it in a large bowl. Take the now heated through sauce out of the oven and pour it over the pasta. Mix it all together so that the sauce is evenly distributed over the pasta. If you are using the parmesan cheese, sprinkle it over the pasta and mix it all again. Serve immediately and enjoy.