Spring American Lamb Pasta with Peas and Greens


June 20, 2022

Recipe provided by Home - Cooking with Cocktail Rings, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Spring Lamb Pasta with Peas and Greens | American Lamb).


Lamb Sausage

1 lb Ground American Lamb

1 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp Freshly ground pepper

1 tbsp Garlic, chopped

1 tsp Fennel seeds

1 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Red chili flakes

1/4 tsp Dried oregano

1/4 tsp Dried thyme

Cooking the Sausage & Assembling the Pasta

1 lb Gemelli pasta

3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

1 Medium shallot, thinly sliced

1 cup Shelled English peas

3 ounces Pea tendrils

2 tbsp Unsalted butter

1/2 cup Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided


Lamb Sausage

1In a medium mixing bowl add the lamb, salt, pepper, garlic, fennel, paprika, red pepper flakes, oregano and thyme, using your hands to combine the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight.

Cooking the Sausage & Assembling the Pasta

1Bring a large pot of water to the boil; add the salt and bring back to the boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Set aside 1 cup of the pasta water then drain and return the pasta to the pot.

2Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add the sausage and cook, using a wooden spoon to break up the sausage, until browned, about 4 minutes. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to cook the sausage slowly at the low heat until its crispy, about an additional 6 to 8 minutes.

3Remove the sausage from the pan, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible and set the sausage aside, returning the pan to heat. Add shallot and peas and sauté until the shallots are tender and opaque, about 5 minutes. Add the pea tendrils and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Return the sausage to the pan and stir to combine.

4Add the sausage mixture into the pasta and toss to combine, add the butter and stir until melted. Add ½ cup of the pasta water and ¼ cup of the Pecorino Romano cheese continuing to stir until the cheese has melted.

5Divide the pasta into warmed pasta bowls, top with the remaining cheese and serve immediately.