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Quick Creamy Lemon Pasta with Spinach and Peas

Prep time
15 mins
Special Diets
Vegetarian | Lacto-vegetarian

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On a busy night when all you have time for is calling the pizza place for take-out, pull this easy recipe out of your back pocket. Dinner will be on the table in 15 minutes!


1 lbpasta (shells, orecchiette, or other chunky pasta )
1 cpeas (frozen)
3⁄4 ccream
1⁄2 tcrushed red pepper flakes
2 clvgarlic (peeled and smashed)
4 cbaby spinach (rinsed)
1 1⁄2 tlemon zest
3 tlemon juice
1⁄4 csalt
1⁄4 cparmesan (freshly grated)


Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the frozen peas, cream, crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic in a skillet over low heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Fold in the spinach and cook uncovered until wilted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice.

Drain pasta, and add to the skillet and toss with the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan.