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In the spring and early summer, I like to make a Primavera Sauce for linguine. It’s chock full of spring veggies. So…when the fava beans and peas began to show up at the Farmer’s Market, I thought “I should make a pasta using them; here it is!” I change up the cauliflower for extra zucchini and when I don’t feel like tomatoes, leave them out. No matter what this pasta is always a hit at our house!
2 Tbsp. each butter & EVO
1 medium onion, minced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 cup shelled fava beans
1 cup shelled fresh peas
8 oz. cauliflower florets (1” florets)
1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, cut in half lengthwise, cut into ¼” slices
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup whipping cream
½ cup chicken stock
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 oz. prosciutto, thinly sliced, rolled up & cut across into thin slices
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. dried linguine or spaghetti
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tsp. salt. Fill a medium sized bowl with water & ice & set aside. Add the fava beans to the boiling water & blanch for 2 minutes; add the peas & blanch for 1 minute. Using a “spider” or a slotted spoon remove the veggies to the bowl of ice water. Let cool. Drain well before using in the sauce. This can be done a couple of hours ahead. Set aside the cooking water.
Place a large serving bowl in a 180 F oven to warm. Bring the pot of water back to the boil & add the pasta, stirring for a minute, then cook until al dente.
Meanwhile heat a wok or large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the butter & EVO, heat until hot, then add the onions & sauté until soft; add the garlic & chili flakes, stirring, for a minute. Mix in the cauliflower & zucchini & stir-fry for 2 minutes. Increase the heat to high; add the cream & stock & cherry tomato halves; boil until liquid is slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Stir in the fava beans, peas, prosciutto & green onions & cook for 2 minute more; stir in the basil & season to taste with salt & pepper.
Remove 1 cup of pasta cooking water & set aside; drain the pasta in a colander & add to the sauce in the pan, tossing to combine, adding pasta cooking water to thin if necessary. Remove from the heat & stir in ½ cup of the Parmigiano. Place in the warmed serving bowl & serve immediately, passing extra Parmigiano.