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Shelling Peas, Broad Beans, Mint, and Ricotta
Shelling Peas, Broad Beans, Mint, and Ricotta
British
Side
30 mins
Vegetables/vegetarian
Easy
Serves
4

This simple and vibrant dish combines the dream team ingredients of lemon, ricotta, broad beans and peas for a side or starter that would be welcome on any summer table: "As kids, it was always our job before big lunches to sit down together and remove the peas and beans from their pods and we have extremely fond memories of those times. We used to think we were being a real help to the proceedings; that without us, it would not have been possible to get the lunch ready in time. We were shelling pea champions and the race was on. Now, with children of our own, we see the very needed distraction this seemingly important job created and we encourage our kids to help with such tasks ourselves now. It is also such a great way to get kids engaged in food and they enjoy eating it more as a result. Everybody is a winner in the preparation of shelling peas and broad beans it would seem! We have created this dish with ricotta, but it would also go very well with burrata."

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Ingredients
  • 300g ricotta
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 200g freshly shelled peas
  • 300g freshly podded broad beans
  • 1 green chilli, sliced
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • Few mint leaves
  • Small handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 80ml olive oil
Method
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Method
  1. Combine the ricotta, sea salt, pepper and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and drop in the peas and broad beans. Cook for around 3 minutes at a rolling boil, then drain and refresh in cold water. Drain thoroughly and tip into a large bowl.
  3. Add the chilli, spring onion, mint, parsley and olive oil and toss together.
  4. Smear the ricotta directly onto a serving plate (or individual plates).
  5. Spoon the dressed peas and broad beans over the ricotta and serve.

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