Eggs and Peas Over Pasta

Posted by Dacia March 27, 2011 2 Comments 260 views

Spring has arrived. My favorite season, spring sadly only seems to last for a few weeks here in Central Texas before the endless summer begins. So I have to make sure to enjoy our short spring while it lasts. Neko and I are playing outside and hitting our favorite playgrounds before the swings and slides get so hot you can’t use them. We’re playing in the garden and the sandbox while we can still do so without getting swarmed by blood-sucking mosquitoes. And we are eating all the spring veggies we can get our hands on.

I recently saw some fresh green peas, still in the pod, for sale at the store and grabbed a few handfuls without knowing what I was going to do with them. As it turned out, they made a tasty and fun dish for Neko.

Neko shelled the peas expertly, perhaps because of the large amounts of edamame she’s eaten in her three years. She loves peas in any form, but I thought that having some hands-on time in the kitchen might help encourage her to eat her dinner.

I had some fresh, young leeks on hand, too, so I made up a dish that I could do two ways easily, keeping kids and adults happy.

For Neko, I steamed her peas and tossed them with tiny tubetti pasta, then served it with scrambled eggs on top. Eric and I switched sauteed leeks in for the peas and took our eggs over easy.

It was a simple, quick dinner, but it was amazingly good and comforting. I’ll definitely do this technique again whenever I have a small amount of green veg on hand and not much energy.

Eggs and Peas Over Pasta
(serves 1 hungry pre-schooler)
1 egg
1/4 cup dried tubetti pasta
2 handfuls of fresh green peas in pods (or 1/2 cup frozen peas)
1 splash of milk
1 tsp. cream cheese

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Shell your peas and boil them for about 3 to 4 minutes, until just tender. Scramble an egg and toss your three elements together on a plate.

I seasoned the peas and pasta with just a pinch of salt and a tiny amount of butter. I made the scrambled egg extra creamy by putting a splash of milk and a teaspoon of cream cheese into the egg when I beat it. Neko was pleased. Who wouldn’t be?

There are 2 Comments

  1. Amy
    - March 27, 2011

    I love fresh peas! We grew them one year. There’s an insanely tiny window for their growing season here, I think. Or maybe I just don’t know how to shade them properly. Anyway, they were delicious. I ate them straight from the pod right in the garden.

    Dreading the hot slides and mosquitoes already. Actually we are already battling the dread mosquito. Sucks.

  2. - March 27, 2011

    Yep, I got my first mosquito bite of the year last week. Ick.

    Eric has had very small success with fresh peas. Neko usually eats them off the plant while they are tiny, too!

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