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Mini Penne with Carrot Purée and Peas

Mini Penne with Carrot Purée and PeasHere's a sure-fire way to get the kids (and others) to eat their peas and carrots!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) box Barilla Piccolini Mini Penne
1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups frozen green peas
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and white pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Boil the carrots until thoroughly cooked (6 to 7 minutes or until tender), drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, bring cream to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instructions, reserving 1 to 2 ladles of cooking water.
  4. Place half the carrots* and cream in a food processor; cover and process until smooth, add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Return carrot and cream mixture to sauce pan. Add peas and remaining carrots slices; simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  6. Drain pasta and toss with the sauce, add 1 to 2 ladles of water from pasta as needed to thin sauce; stir in olive oil and cheese before serving.

Makes 6 servings.

*May purée all the carrots, if desired

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Barilla America.