Spinach, Pea and Mascarpone Spaghetti

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

I'm a bit of a sucker for creamy pasta dishes - and wanted something I could stir together quickly that still felt kind of summery. And here it is. The peas are sweet and cooked straight from the freezer. The mascarpone (a whole tub is used here, to avoid waste) is creamy but somehow still light, and the spinach adds colour and flavour, roughly chopped and stirred into the sauce. You only need to finish it with a grating of Grana Padano and it's on the table in around 10 minutes. 

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Spinach, Pea and Mascarpone Spaghetti
Serves 4-6 
400g spaghetti
couple of handfuls of frozen petits lois
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
250g tub mascarpone
handful spinach leaves, roughly chopped
handful of Grana Padano, grated, plus more to serve

Put a large pan of water on to boil and add in a good pinch of salt. When it's boiling, add the spaghetti. While that's cooking, heat the olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan and fry the garlic gently. Stir in the mascarpone and the spinach, and heat until the mascarpone has melted a little. Scatter in a handful of Grana Padano and stir well. Turn off the heat. When the spaghetti has just five minutes' cooking time left, tip the frozen peas into the saucepan with the pasta. Once the peas and the spaghetti is tender, drain and toss in the mascarpone sauce. Taste, season with salt and pepper and then serve with more Grana Padano alongside.