Creamy Pappardelle Primavera


This pasta has got it all: richness, crunch, and a symphony of bright spring flavors.

Creamy pappardelle primavera divided between two dishes and served with wine.
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves

 It certainly earns the name of “creamy,” thanks to a luscious sauce that slicks the sides of every noodle. You’ll make the sauce from leeks melted into soft submission in butter, which are then joined by half-and-half and some tart, crumbled goat cheese. To this, sweet frozen peas bring fresh balance, and to top the affair off, you’ll add a shower of onion-y chives and bright lemon zest. It’s the perfect dish for the first days of spring when the chill of winter is still sticking around.


  • 1 pound dried pappardelle pasta

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 medium leeks, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 4-ounce log goat cheese, crumbled

  • 1 ½ cups frozen English peas

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until very soft, about 4 minutes. Add half-and-half and cheese; cook, stirring constantly, until melted and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in peas, salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring often, until peas are bright green and tender, about 1 minute.

  3. Add pasta and ½ cup pasta water to skillet, stirring gently, until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Add remaining ½ cup pasta water, if needed, to loosen sauce. Top with chives, lemon zest, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

741 Calories
24g Fat
99g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 741
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 523mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 28g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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