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Vice President of Culinary
Modern Restaurant Concepts

Barilla Spring Campanelle with Greens and Pistachio Gremolata

Recipe courtesy of Chef Nate Weir, VP of Culinary, Modern Restaurant Concepts
Sponsor: Barilla

Sturdy Barilla campanelle is the perfect vessel for a light but decadent cream sauce in this vegetarian pasta bursting with spring flavors.

Servings: 8


Spring Campanelle:

  • 3 pounds Barilla Campanelle
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 6 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 3 quarts heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 30 ounces sugar snap peas, cleaned
  • 36 ounces frozen green peas
  • 3 bunches watercress, washed and torn

Pistachio Gremolata:

  • 3 cups roasted salted pistachios
  • 1 ½ ounces chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons flaked sea salt
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. For the pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt.
  2. In a large rondeau, sweat the shallots and garlic in the oil over medium-high heat, until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the wine; reduce by half. Add the lemon juice, cream, and salt. Reduce again by half, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Meanwhile, blanch the sugar snap peas in the boiling water for 3 minutes. Strain out and shock in ice water. Drain and slice on a heavy bias in ½-inch pieces.
  5. Parboil the pasta in the boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain well and toss with olive oil. Spread out on a sheet pan and allow to cool.
  6. Add the cream sauce and frozen peas to a blender. Puree at high speed until very smooth, at least 1 minute. Taste for seasoning. If not serving immediately, cool the sauce rapidly in an ice bath or shallow pan to preserve the color.
  7. For the gremolata: Roughly chop the pistachios.
  8. Add them to the parsley, reserved lemon zest, and sea salt and toss with the olive oil until combined.
  9. For each serving, warm 1 cup sauce in a sauté pan until simmering. Reheat the parboiled pasta in boiling, salted water for 1 minute. Drain and add to the sauce.
  10. Fold in sugar snap peas and watercress. Plate and garnish with about 1 tablespoon of gremolata.

Project Management: Summit F&B
Photography: Carlos Garcia // Food Styling: Peg Blackley & Bree Williams


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