Lemon Garlic Pasta with Peas and Leeks

With tons of lemons in bowls on my kitchen counter my next foray into using a few of these fruits was to make a pasta dish. This pasta has lots of lemon flavor, lots of veggies, along with goat cheese for a mild tangy and creamy texture,  This is one tasty lemon pasta. Give it a try.

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Lemon Garlic Pasta with Peas and Leeks

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  • 2 lemons. Zest from 2 lemons and juice of 2 lemons
  • 6-8 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 leek stalks finely chopped
  • 3-4 cups frozen peas
  • 6 oz creamy goat cheese
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt
  • Chili flakes (optional)

Directions:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, saving a couple cups of pasta water.
  • In a large pot heat 2 tbsp olive oil plus 1 tbsp butter. Add garlic and let the aroma come through – about 30 seconds. Next add leeks, peas, and black pepper.  Cook peas and leeks until tender.
  • Once the veggies are cooked add salt, lemon juice, black pepper and goat cheese. Melt cheese into the veggies until creamy. Add pasta water to make a sauce like consistency.

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  • Add cooked pasta and toss with veggies and cheese sauce.

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  • Serve pasta hot with extra black pepper and garnish of lemon zest.

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Buon appetito! 🍋🍝

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