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Lemon, Pea & Mascarpone Penne

Lemon, Pea and Mascarpone Penne | The Mother Cooker

After indulging in a heap of healthy meals lately, I was craving carbs and cheese. I’d say it’s out of character but it really isn’t. I believe life is about balance and we all need some pasta once a day in a while. I love lemon with peas, there’s something so fresh about it. I always have frozen peas in, although I am a bit of a pea snob and only have the highly known petit pois brand. I love how sweet they are, brilliant green pods of deliciousness.

After only using mascarpone with tomatoes or puddings, I decided to use it in another way and it works really well here. Creamy pasta, with an after tang of lemon, sweet peas and a generous helping of Parmesan cheese. A super speedy and indulgent pasta dish, that I hope you love.

Serves: 1 generously, or 2 small portions
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 12-15 mins

  • 100g dried penne pasta
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 40g frozen peas
  • 65g mascarpone
  • 80ml reserved pasta water
  • Generous pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Handful of grated parmesan cheese
  1. Grab a medium pan, fill with boiling water over a medium/high heat and add pasta.
  2. Cook until tender, around 12 minutes.
  3. Add peas, cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain, reserving 80ml of pasta water.
  5. Add mascarpone, lemon juice and water to pasta, mix well.
  6. Season to taste and serve with parmesan.