Pasta with Roasted Peas Cream Sauce

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The good life. The good life? The good life? The good life? After a series of unmentionable triumphs and disappointments over the past week, the past twelve hours have left me in a particularly contemplative mood. Rather than bombard you with my inner thoughts (this is after all a food, and not a philosophical, blog), I’ll leave you with a quote, and one of the easiest weekday dinners–ever.

First, the quote… Right before my last swimming lesson, I opened up a magazine and read this, “Set your pace. To succeed at any challenge in your life, you’ve got to tune out the noise around you–the footsteps of others (ahead and behind), distracting “advice,” doubters who tell you it can’t be done. Instead, focus on your inner voice. Setting your own goal, charting your course and trusting your instincts. Take courage, but they are the surest route to crossing your personal finish line a winner.”

This piece of advice, seeming simple, is quite profound I think. a) it only works if your inner voice is a positive, encouraging, loving voice–something I personally forget sometimes. During the grind, I can become my worst critic. Instead, I should be compassionate. b) This advice also says that when you have become your biggest cheerleader, you should trust your inner voice, rather than all of the competing messages around you. Anyhow :), I just thought I’d share, it may also speak to one of you, too!

And now, the pasta… the good life. I think pasta is the good life :D. Especially pasta that is so easy you can make it on a weekday after a long, overstimulating day of work and commuting. It’s super quick, especially if you already have roasted the peas. By the way, my original intention was to puree the peas and the cream sauce together to make a delicate, pale green sauce. But, I made this the same day as my butternut squash soup and was too lazy to wash my blender :). Hence… leaving the peas whole–which was juuuuuuuussssst fine by my tastebuds! Happy Thursday folks… just one day until the weekend!

Pasta with Roasted Peas Cream Sauce (Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or butter/margarine)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/4 small red onion–finely diced

1 clove garlic–minced

1 tablespoon flour

2/3 cup half and half

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon gorgonzola cheese

1/2 cup roasted peas

salt

pepper

cooked pasta

Method:

*Heat oil and Earth Balance over medium low heat in a medium saucepan. Add onion and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until onion and garlic are soft. Add flour. Cook 1-2 minutes. Whisk in half and half and Parmesan cheese. When cheese is melted, remove from heat. Mix in peas and gorgonzola. Adjust seasoning. Add cooked to sauce. Voila!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. Great pasta! And yeah, I need to listen to my inner voice more often…Thanks!

  2. This is my kind of recipe easy, fast and involves pasta and cheese. I have been having one of those weeks as well. Hang in there they eventually get better.

  3. I haven’t had pea pasta in way too long. Thanks for the reminder! :) The sauce looks so creamy and delicious, too!

  4. I love that quote! But you’re right, it only works if your inner voice is a positive one. I think we’re all our own worst critics. I sometimes have to remind myself to cut myself a little slack, especially on the occasions when I would easily do it for someone else. Here’s to th good life and whatever comes with it!

  5. I heard the message loud and clear!!! I also need to print it out and post it all over my house. I also need to make this dish, pasta and cream sauce = a scrumptious good life. Hope you’re gearing up for a fun and peaceful weekend.

  6. I love peas… and this creamy pasta looks absolutely delicious!

  7. There’s nothing better than a cream sauce in the winter. Love the gorgonzola in this – the blues are my favorites.

    Buzz buzz!!!

  8. Ooo this looks like the ultimate comfort food, sounds amazing! :)

  9. Yum, this pasta would make my son so happy! It looks fabulous! I love the quote too!

  10. Love the recipe. Love the quote. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. I love all the ingredients in your dish, menina! Olha, how are things going with Recife? Do you know I was born there? I am curious! Love your post.

    • I haven’t heard back. URG!

  12. Delicious looking pasta, even with the peas included. I keep trying to like peas but I guess I just don’t get it.
    Wonderful philosophy. Good luck and all the best.

  13. Pasta is DEFINITELY the good life :)

  14. Peas and pasta-this looks very comforting. Yum! Great advice in this post, sometimes it is difficult to hear that inner voice with everything else going on trying to influence you. Definitely something I should work on. Have a super day Tiffany!

  15. I didn’t know about roasting peas until I read this post. Thanks.

  16. This sounds amazing Tiffany! I love the roasted peas idea; very unique.

  17. Pasta IS the good life. I think that will be my new mantra!

  18. I agree… pasta is totally the good life, especially when it’s smothered in a creamy, delicious sauce like this one. Carbs and calorie-counting be damned, I want a bowl of this right now! :)

  19. Fantastic quote! I work more and more on becoming my own biggest cheerleader every day. It’s not always easy, but it really helps to try.

  20. CREAMY, tasty and delicious. You can’t go wrong with that!!!

  21. Looks really good. Yum yum! BUZZED.

  22. I LOVE how you are philosophical, Tiffany. I need you as a personal coach 😉
    Your words are just hitting a chord right now. I’m sick of people telling me what to do around me. Needing inner strength but easier said than done. Well, your creamy pasta sounds like THE LIFE and it’s good! Apologies – this is coming from an amateur on that one.

  23. Tiffany, your pasta photo is absolutely stunning — as is your recipe. Funny thing… I’ve tried roasting just about every vegetable, but I never thought about peas!

  24. Excellent excellent quote. And nice meal too, I think I will make something similar this weekend

  25. Oh my Lord, this looks amazing! Pasta with roasted cream sauce…it sounds and looks fantastic! And the pictures are gorgeous as well :) This is a great recipe, thank you for sharing!

  26. YUM! This pasta looks delicious, Tiffany! I’m glad you can make it so creamy without using heavy cream!

  27. Yup, I’ll be making this one! I am the queen of quick dinners as of late. And this looks divine. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  28. gorgeous coating of the sauce on top, love the colors.

  29. Oooo, that cream sauce sounds gooooooooood!

  30. So, I had to listen to my inner voice on this one, and go creative. I decided to change the recipe up as follows:
    I added in some cooked sausage (GASP!) and instead of roasted peas I used roasted edamame (Yum). I also substituted milk for half and half and put in my last 2 tablespoons of pesto I had made the week prior.
    Oh, and I used mozzarella instead of gorgonzola, Even with all these changes, you know what? Still fantastically delicious. Overall this recipe is a great one for a start to any cream-based pasta sauce you want to make! And this post was an inspiration in so many ways!

  31. Strong massage, and life is good no matter how hard it gets there is always a light on the end of the tunnel! Your pasta is teaser to me..love the recipe, and you have no idea how tempted I am right now to eat something creamy and comforting! :)) Buzz!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!!xoxo

  32. I think pasta is the good life too :) Especially one as easy and pretty as this! Great recipe!!

  33. Oh, that looks lovely! I’m hungry just reading it. Time for a snack I think….

  34. This looks SO good.

  35. Creamy pasta…. I’m in heaven just thinking about it!!!

  36. Love your post! Pasta looks wonderful too! I had one of those weeks as well. We will overcome!

  37. Congrats on getting Top 9, Tiffany! Pasta is one of my many comfort foods … too many in fact 😀
    That’s good advice there. But of course, as you say, there needs to be a positive inner you before anything gets to happen.

  38. Thanks for reminding me to be good to myself. It gets lost somewhere usually. I’ve never heard of roasting peas but could seriously do with a bowl of this. It looks like pure comfort food and congrats on Top 9 you star!!

  39. Yum Yum eat um up!!! Now that is one beautiful dish….will def be trying this…never heard of roasting peas before…very imaginitive…

  40. Congratulations!!

  41. Your pasta dish certainly looks like the Good Life, with roasted peas and cream sauce.
    Congrats on the Top 9 today!

    Have a great weekend!

  42. Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9.

  43. What a beautiful pasta, Tiffany! Peas are my favorite vegetable! Actually, I might like to puree them….I like the idea of a creamy, light green sauce. I thank you so much for your great advice and insight! I’d like to think I listen to my inner voice often, but it’s tough not to find yourself getting caught up in the whirlwind sometimes. Let’s just stay true to ourselves and we’ll be fine! I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend…at least there is no snow! Have a great week ahead! : )

  44. I agree, pasta is the good life! I like that this pasta is pretty simple to make but would be elegant enough for a fancy dinner party!

  45. Oh the roasted peas sound super good. I totally want to make this and add in some candian bacon! YUM!!!

  46. Thanks for the comments everyone! HUGS! And enjoy your extra hour of sleep tonight 😀

  47. Tiffany,

    Hi! I love how cheesy the recipe is and the additional of the bowtie pasta always makes a pasta dish even more fun. And the roasted peas? Wow. You sure know how to put a dish together!

    Cheers,
    Alaiyo

  48. At first I was curious about the roasted peas sauce. Then I saw “gorgonzola” and my mouth started to water. It’s nearly midnight (feels like 1am!) and I am now craving this pasta.

    That advice is very meaningful and helpful. It’s so hard to stay positive when things that happen tear us down little by little, but we do have to get back up although maybe metaphorically a little wounded. :) Sending hugs your way and food blog or not, it’s your blog. If you want to vent I want to hear it! And send more hugs.

    I hope you have a good start to your week!

  49. Want this NOW!!!!!!!! Can you express mail it over to Paris, please?

  50. This just looks so yummy and the sauce looks so creamy and delicious. That is such a great quote!!

  51. Oh my does this look fantastic!

  52. I wish creamy sauces and pasta didn’t love my hips as much as I love them! Oh well – totally worth it, right? And my inner voice is … sarcastic,lol. ; p

  53. Loved the quote! And I am starving so your pasta is killing me! Creamy gorgonzola must add such a fantastic flavor to this sauce…delicious :)

  54. The picture makes me drool everytime I look at it. Now I am off to search for a gluten free bowtie pasta.