Tagliatelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage, and Ricotta Cheese

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
450g fresh or dried tagliatelle pasta (or other wide, long pasta)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
450g hot Italian sausage, casings removed
450g frozen peas, thawed
250ml full-fat milk ricotta cheese
1 bunch fresh basil leaves chopped
25g fresh grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tsp salt
1) Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes if dry or according to package directions if fresh. Drain pasta reserving 250ml of the pasta cooking water.

2) Meanwhile, in a large, heavy pan, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium-high heat and add the sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage into bite-sized bits. When the sausage has browned, about five minutes. Remove and set aside.

3) Add the peas to the pan and, using the back of the wooden spoon, smash the peas. Turn off the heat. Add the ricotta cheese along with the cooked pasta and toss to coat, adding the pasta cooking water in 60ml additions, if needed, to make the pasta moist. Return the sausage to the pan. Add the basil, Pecorino Romano cheese, and salt. Toss gently to coat and serve immediately.

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