Spring Alfredo with Lemon, Peas and Zucchini
A tangy, creamy pasta perfect for spring with a bright, lemony Alfredo sauce and fresh peas and zucchini. Try this Spring Alfredo as a side dish, or you can add protein such as grilled chicken or shrimp and make a meal of it!
- 1 zucchini medium
- ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound fusilli pasta
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1½ cups peas fresh or frozen
- 6 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 8 ounces Parmesan cheese shredded or fresh grated
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, then slice into ½" half moons. Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet until hot. Add zucchini in an even layer, and let brown on one side for 2-3 minutes. Flip and brown on other side. Remove from skillet.
Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add about a half tablespoon of salt to the pasta water to season the pasta. About 3 minutes before pasta is done, add peas to pasta and water. Drain pasta and peas, but save a cup or two of the pasta water.
In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, heavy cream and sour cream.
In the same skillet the zucchini was cooked in, add butter and olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and cook stirring constantly, until light brown. Garlic can burn quickly so make sure to keep an eye on it. Add a cup of the pasta water, then add the pasta and peas. Toss to coat pasta.
To the pasta, add the cream cheese mixture, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. If the pasta is too dry, add a little bit of the saved pasta water until it is at the desired creamy consistency.
Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese.
Serving: 0g | Calories: 668kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1295mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1306IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 516mg | Iron: 2mg