Spring Herbs & Goat Cheese Fettuccini with Braised Sugar Snap Peas & Leeks

Here is a recipe for a springtime pasta packed with fresh herbs, spring veggies, and creamy goat cheese.


The inspiration

Back in February I had saved a recipe from Sunset Magazine that was a pasta dish with fresh herbs and goat cheese, and now seemed like the perfect time to make this delicious pasta with the herbs that Anjali had picked.


In my version however I added a good amount of veggies such as farmer’s market leeks and sugar snap peas. I also added a bit of garlic for some extra flavor, along with black pepper and red chili flakes. And for a little more tang I incorporated Parmesan cheese and lemon zest as well.


Fresh lemon and fresh picked herbs amp up the flavor

I asked my daughter Anjali to pick a bunch of herbs for the dish and this is the basket she proudly presented to me.  These fresh picked herbs and lemons make all the difference in this spring inspired pasta. So make sure you use fresh herbs and fresh squeezed lemon.


Spring Herb & Goat Cheese Fettuccini with Sugar Snap Peas & Leeks

Ingredients: for six servings

  • 1 lb linguini or fettuccini pasta
  • 3-4 cups sugar snap peas cut in halves.
  • 2 large leeks, green leaves removed and white parts finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed. I like a lot of garlic in my dishes. 6 cloves is on the conservative side, go ahead and use more cloves if you like garlic in your pasta.
  • Good amount of fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, mint, parsley – about 4 tbsp finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Red chili flakes (optional)
  • 8 oz creamy goat cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside covered. Save 2 cups pasta water to use later.
  • Toss sugar snap peas with 1 tbsp oil and spread on a baking sheet. Broil in oven for 5 minutes to slightly char the sugar snap peas. Set aside. In a large pot warm 2 tbsp olive oil. Sauté garlic and leeks until leeks are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add half (4 oz) the goat cheese plus 1 cup cream and melt the goat cheese into the leeks. Then add all the herbs, black pepper, lemon zest, and chili flakes and mix-in.
  • Add cooked pasta, braised sugar snap peas, 1-cup pasta water, salt and toss together. Add more pasta water if the pasta is too thick.  Crumble the remainder of the goat cheese along with 2-4 tbsp Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve garnished with herb sprigs.

Cook’s Notes:  The kids made this pasta for Mother’s Day with a variety of vegetables such as peppers, leeks, asparagus, sugar snap peas, and cherry tomatoes. Try this herbed goat cheese pasta with any vegetable combination of your choice.

3 thoughts on “Spring Herbs & Goat Cheese Fettuccini with Braised Sugar Snap Peas & Leeks”

  1. Indeed – It should be a Feast for the Eyes too …. The French Chefs are great at Presentation but our Tamil dishes as tasty as they are do not look appetizing … Today , i made vegetable Kabobs and took special care to arrange the Colors on the skewers – Green peppers , Red Onions , White Potatoes , Red Peppers , Tofu and alternating these Sliced veggies … i wish i could show you the photos … they looked ao beautiful -all color coordinated …

  2. Kalapana Sheth , what gives authencity to your receipes is you actually show how you cook each dish in your Kitchen and the photos prove that you actually use all the ingredients you mention . Indeed , your family is lucky to have a loving and caring Mother who enjoys cooking a variety of dishes and make Daily Meal a pleasant experience at the .Dining Table .
    You have taken both Gardening and Cooking to a whole new level .

    1. Thank you for your generous compliments! I do love cooking and gardening and entertaining, but it all has to look beautiful and presentable for it to be appealing to me – and that’s what I enjoy the most, the presentation.

      You know the saying “you eat with your eyes” – I do believe this to be the most overlooked feature of cooking for home cooks. We cook amazing food but dont take the little extra time to present it beautifully – this really takes an everyday delicious dish and turns it into “wow this is an amazing dish”. Glad you are enjoying all the articles and recipes.

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