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Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill is a great make-ahead dish for gatherings such as barbeques and picnics. It can sit out a long time and still hold up. With a pop of smoke and herby essence, this pea pasta will brighten your day!

Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

I’ve been dreaming up side dishes, isn’t that weird?

Usually if I’m dreaming about food, the dreams involve chocolate or steak. But lately, all I can think about are quick and intriguing side dishes that are easy to throw in a picnic basket or pair with a main course, straight off the grill.

Easy Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

It must be the weather.

Spring effects people in different ways. It makes me want more green on my plate, whether in salad-form or something like this pasta with peas.

In this Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill, what really sets off the dish is the sprinkling of chopped smoked almonds. The crunch and smoky essence of the almonds, against the sweetness of the peas and the herby mix of dill and green onions makes a diva of a side dish. This pasta screams to be the center of attention. So much so, that it makes a marvelous vegetarian main course!

Perky Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

My only cooking note for this pea pasta dish is that the almonds make the most impact when they are added at the last minute and sprinkled on top, not mixed in. That way, they stay crisp.

Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounce small dry pasta (ditalini, macaroni)
  • 10 ounce fresh or frozen sweet peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup chopped smoked almonds
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cooking the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Two minutes before it's ready, add the peas to the boiling water. Once the peas have warmed through, drain the pasta and peas. Pour the pasta with peas into a large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, and oil together in a small bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour the dressing over the pasta and mix well.
  3. Add the dill and green onions and toss. When ready to serve, sprinkle with smoked almonds.

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Tabouli with Feta and Endive

Fresh Peach and Basil Salad

Faro Salad with Roasted Veggies ~ My Kitchen in the Rockies

Green Beans with Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Namely Marly

Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes ~ Jeanette’s Healthy Living

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37 Responses to “Pasta with Peas Smoked Almonds and Dill”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted April 30, 2012 at 6:06 am

    This one is one to dream about. I finally have begun to appreciate peas, and love the addition of almonds to this

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  2. Jessenposted April 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I’m a Huge lover of Dill !! Pea’s and Corn are 2 Vegetables I can’t get my family to eat, uless pureed like a pesto on Pasta (But, of course they don’t know that!!)
    Great Post. . . Sometimes Simple is Better, and Delicious! =)

    Reply

  3. Bev Weidnerposted April 30, 2012 at 7:45 am

    GOODNESS me. Just fell out of my chair.

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  4. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted April 30, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Wow-wee that looks fabulous!

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  5. shelly (cookies and cups)posted April 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

    This is simply amazing! Such a great combo of flavors :)

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  6. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted April 30, 2012 at 9:25 am

    This looks so delicious Sommer and I love all the flavors goin’ on here!

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  7. Kiri W.posted April 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Mmmm, this looks fantastic, the smoked almonds must be amazing!

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  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted April 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

    What a fabulous combination of flavors! This looks so delicious, Sommer. Great recipe!

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  9. Heather (Heather's Dish)posted April 30, 2012 at 10:20 am

    pasta and peas together are one of my favorite combos ever!

    Reply

  10. Suziposted April 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Lovely salad and the smoked almonds really add a nice kick. Side dishes are a must and this is a tasty.

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  11. KitchenChickenposted April 30, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hey, great blog-
    Where can you get smoked almonds here in Asheville?

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    • Sommer — April 30th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      I got them at Ingles! :)

      Reply

  12. Magic of Spiceposted April 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    What a great combinations of flavors and textures…looks delicious!

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  13. Gwenposted April 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I could eat this as a main dish, especially as a light summer meal. I wish my husband liked peas…. wait, all the more for me!
    good tip w the almonds!
    xo

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  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted April 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

    This looks awesome! Love all those flavours in there – it sounds real unique and yummy.

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  15. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted April 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I love pasta dishes that are full of life… instead of just being heavy. This has so much going for it. Can’t wait to make it!

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  16. Choc Chip Uruposted April 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    This pasta looks very refreshing and delicious – unique but awesome :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. sweetsugarbelleposted April 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I cannot wait to try this!

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  18. Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook)posted April 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    what a great pasta dish! a really interesting blend of flavors, love it!

    Reply

  19. torviewtorontoposted April 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    colourful dish

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  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted April 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Yum! I love dill and this is a great, light pasta dish!

    Reply

  21. Shellyposted May 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Peas have just come into season here, now I know just what to do with them. This dish looks lovely, very spring like!

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  22. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchenposted May 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Wow! Summer on a (very elegant) platter! This is such a pretty dish. It’s brightened my day already and I haven’t even tasted it yet!

    Reply

  23. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted May 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    This is my kind of a pasta salad. Looks so pretty, and sounds delicious. Perfect for a BBQ, picnic, or just a weeknight dinner!

    Reply

  24. vianneyposted May 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    my girls love ditalini!! thank you for sharing!

    Reply

  25. Kellyposted May 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    This looks delicious! I love smoked almond idea!

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  26. Doodlerposted May 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    What a spring-y. Dish. So pretty. What a great version of Pasta and Peas.

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  27. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted May 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I am in love with every single flavor and ingredient in this. I am going to pick some dill from my garden tomorrow morning and make this for lunch!

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  28. Susannaposted June 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I made this and brought it to a backyard party. It was outstanding! Definitely one of the best things I have brought anywhere.

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  29. a farmer in the dellposted January 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I need a pasta dish like this to brighten my day! those smoked almonds sound delicious!

    Reply

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  32. Betsy Rposted August 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Made this a day ahead and had great success with this salad at a party. I brought home an empty bowl. Thanks for a yummy, new, and bright salad.

    Reply

  33. Tobiposted December 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Made this yesterday for a holiday party and it was a huge hit! It’s pretty, tasty, the smoked almonds give it a nice crunch, it’s easy to make, holds up well, and I’ll definitely be making it again. Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

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  35. Reduceri onlineposted July 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Looks simple, fresh and wonderfully tasty!

    Reply

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