This particular pasta is made by Filotea based in La Marche in Italy. I think you can tell just by looking at the pasta that it is something special. It is an egg noodle which is obvious by the colour - it also has been air dried naturally which results in those patterns on the pasta - they do disappear with cooking. Best of all, it only takes 2 minutes to cook!
With a pasta that is so delicate and quick to cook, I wanted to serve it with something that was also quick to make and light.
I decided to use the best of spring ingredients - fresh peas and broad beans (fava beans) and for contrasting colour, finely shredded cabbage. The base of the sauce is butter that has been gently infused with chilli and garlic.
1 clove garlic, sliced finely
1 small red chilli, sliced finely
fresh broad beans (fava beans), blanched and skinned
red cabbage, sliced finely
large handful fresh parsley leaves
salt and white pepper
Place a large knob of butter in a pan over a very low heat - add in the garlic and chilli and cook slowly, so that the garlic softens but the butter doesn't colour.
Once the garlic has softened, add in the fresh peas - toss briefly and cook for a minute before adding the broad beans and red cabbage. At this stage I just want the cabbage to wilt slightly - it will release some of its liquid and this will help form the sauce. Season with a little sea salt and white pepper.
When the pasta is cooked, increase the heat slightly so that the butter begins to colour. Take it off the heat, add in a generous handful of fresh parsley leaves and a spoonful of grated Parmesan. Stir this through and then add in the drained pasta.
Mix the pasta through the sauce and then serve - finish off with another sprinkling of grated Parmesan.
There's a lovely freshness to the just cooked peas and fava beans, well complimented by the garlic and chilli undertones. The red cabbage has a slightly tart flavour that offsets the sweet peas. They all work in harmony to still allow the flavour of the pasta to come through. The parsley adds a palate cleansing element and as there isn't any cream, it still feels light. Actually it is so nice, you don't even notice that there isn't any meat in it!