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Creamy Pappardelle with Leeks and Peas

This Creamy Pappardelle with Leeks and Peas is an easy, creamy pasta perfect for spring. A lemon-infused cream sauce is studded with sweet English peas and delicate leeks.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword papparadelle, creamy pasta, spring pasta, leek pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 629 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 large leeks, washed and sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish)
  • 8 oz egg papparadelle


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season liberally with salt. It should taste as salty as the sea.

  2. Heat a large pan to a medium heat. Add butter. Once butter melts, add leeks and salt. Use a wooden spoon to coat the leek in the butter. Saute until leeks are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  3. Once the leeks are soft, add garlic and peas. Saute another 3-4 minutes until peas are bright green and garlic is softened. Add heavy cream. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. While the cream and veggies simmer, add pasta to the water. If you are using egg pasta, it should cook relatively quick. Cook until just under aldente - it will finish cooking in the sauce. Reseve pasta water.

  4. Once the cream has thickened slightly, reduce heat to low, and whisk in parmesan. When parmesan is fully incorporated, use tongs to transfer the pasta to the sauce with the veggies. Toss until completely coated. Add 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta water. Toss.

  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with extra parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pappardelle with Leeks and Peas
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 629 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 546mg24%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 2275IU46%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 255mg26%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.