Pasta for Spring

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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Fresh English peas require shelling, and that’s more work than buying frozen ones, but the flavor is astounding and worth the effort. Some of my best childhood memories are of my mother sitting around the kitchen table with a lady-friend or two, sipping lemonade, sharing stories, and shelling peas or snapping green beans.


  • Sea salt
  • 12 ounces whole wheat pasta, penne or other
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin


  1. Bring a large covered pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the pasta and cook according to package directions. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add the garlic,