Field Peas in Parmesan Broth with Angel Hair and Kale

One time, I saw a gorgeous photo of a dish on Tumblr or Pinterest or Instagram or some other place (I have since found the photo on 101 Cookbooks, of course – one of my favorite blogs), and I didn’t have any info about it – it just looked delicious. So I decided to try to make something that looked similar, and it turned out to be one of our favorite recipes of all time.

I started making it when we were getting weekly bins from Farmhouse Delivery, and every summer, that meant loads of fresh field peas. Having never cooked field peas before, I was looking for any recipe that might work; and then I remembered this photo.

So I created this recipe, which I will now share with you, in hopes that you will cook it for your family and have a delicious and wonderful meal.

Field Peas in Parmesan Broth with Angel Hair and Kale

1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 small red potatoes, diced
Olive oil
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 cup (ish) field peas, frozen or fresh
Salt and black pepper
1 small bit of parmesan rind (or 1/2 cup grated parmesan)
2 head of Tuscan kale, chopped (or any other greens you like)
Fresh parsley, minced
1 lemon
4 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta

Fresh parsley, minced
Olive oil
Grated parmesan
Cracked black pepper
Crème fraîche or sour cream

In a stockpot, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add potato and sauté a minute or two. Add broth, peas, salt/ pepper, parmesan rind (if using) and semi-cover; cook 40 – 50 minutes, until peas are almost tender. Add broth as needed. Add kale/ greens and cook until tender. Add juice of 1 lemon, parsley and grated parmesan, if using; cook a bit more.

Meanwhile, cook angel hair in salted water. Drain and toss with olive oil.

To serve, add angel hair to a shallow bowl, top with beans/ broth. Sprinkle with parsley and more parmesan, drizzle with olive oil, and top with a bit of crème fraîche.

Makes 4 servings. (We often only boil 2 oz of angel hair for the 2 of us, then eat the leftover field pea mixture however we’d like the next day.)

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