Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Izzy Whizzy Let's eat Bisi

Who remembers the magic words Izzy Whizzy let's get busy? Well today I made pasta with Bisi which means pasta with peas in Northern Italian dialect.
Fresh peas are in full season and there are special events to celebrate them all over Northern Italy. Peas with rice, peas with fresh pasta or just peas. Traditionally they go well with ham and a great favourite recipe in our house is Pasta with peas, ham, cream and cheese. When peas are fresh and new though they are best kept as the main ingredient so you can appreciate their sweetness.

Pasta with fresh peas, serves 4

1 small white onion finely chopped
150g fresh peas
200g pasta
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Gently cook the chopped onion in a small amount of olive oil and butter until soft and translucent.
Add the peas and stir well
Pour in a ladle of stock and cook gently until the peas are soft, this shouldn't take long with fresh peas

Cook the pasta in a saucepan of boiling water according to instructions on the packet, then drain and add the peas, stir and add a knob of butter and some grated cheese.

Easy peasy and a substantial Piatto unico

Shelling the peas is half the fun

Pasta peas and a small glass of white wine

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