1 pound penne pasta
4 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion or 1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
4 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (a couple of handfuls)
Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt it and cook the pasta to al dente. Heads up: reserve 1 cup of starchy cooking liquid before draining the pasta.
Meanwhile, over medium heat in a medium size skillet, melt the butter, then add the garlic and onions and sauté gently for 7-8 minutes. Add the peas and heat though.
Drain the pasta and add it back to the pot with the reserved water, ricotta, parsley, Parmigiano Reggiano and the onion-pea mixture. Toss for 2 minutes to coat and combine the flavors.