Lemon pasta with Parmesan and pea shoots

Serves 4


2 heaping cups fresh pea shoots

Zest of 1 large lemon

¼ cup Lemon Juice

⅓ cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

1 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish

Fresh ground black better, to taste

½ lb. spaghetti

½ cup pasta water (reserved from when you cooked the spaghetti)

Kosher salt, to taste

Recipe by Jessi

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If your pea shoots are particularly long, chop them into halves or thirds, so they’re a bit easieer to manage. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and a generous amount of fresh ground pepper (I like to do this while I’m waiting for pasta water to boil)

Cook spaghetti in salted water until al dente.

Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water (I just ladle some of the hot water out of the pot and into a measuring cup)

Drain spaghetti and immediately add it to the mixing bowl with the lemon-olive oil mixture. Add reserved pasta water and toss to combine. The heat from the pasta will warm the sauce and melt the parmesan cheese.

Add Pea Shoots to pasta and toss until parmesan has melted into a smooth sauce and Pea Shoots have softened slightly.

Taste pasta and add a pinch of kosher salt if needed.

Top pasta with additional parmesan cheese and serve immediately!