I’m A Finalist On Food 52- Pasta Piselli
I am so happy and thrilled to be a finalist in the latest contest on Food52, the challenge “Your best recipe with 5 ingredients or fewer”. I submitted my recipe for Pasta Piselli. See below the Food 52 review and my introduction. This dish is so ridiculously easy and quick but very tasty. If you don’t mind voting for me if you are so inclined. I would really appreciate it if you are not already registered you will need to, I guarantee it’s painless, you will not get inundatd with junk at all, I have been a part of the community since 2011 click here to vote, thank you so much I really appreciate it.
Food52 Editors’ Comments: WHO: Sdebrango currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and comes from a large Italian family that loves to cook. WHAT: An easy-peasy Italian pasta for springtime. HOW: Cook peas and fresh pasta in chicken broth, then add in an egg and a hefty serving of Pecorino Romano cheese to bind it all together in a blanket of cheesy goodness. WHY WE LOVE IT: This soup’s depth of flavor belies its short ingredient list and quick cooking time to make it the perfect weeknight meal, courtesy of your pantry. The earthy peas compliment the full-flavored, velvety broth, brightened by a pinch (or two) of lemon zest—we just might make it again for dinner tonight.
I first had this when I lived in Italy. I was invited to a friend’s house for lunch and this soup was served as a first course. (Lunch is a big deal in Italy with multiple courses.) I watched my friend’s grandmother make this soup as it took her just a few minutes and a handful of ingredients: Chicken stock or broth, homemade (or dried) pasta, peas, egg, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Note: You can use Parmesan cheese instead of Romano, or mix them.
Serves 2 to 4 depending on serving size
32 ounces (4 cups) chicken broth or stock
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/2 pound fresh pasta (I used linguine but capellini or spaghetti works just as well. If you don’t have fresh, dried works great, also.)
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano, plus some to serve (Parmesan also works.)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch of lemon zest (optional)
If using fresh pasta, bring the broth or stock to a boil in a large saucepan, add the peas, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the fresh pasta and cook for about 3 minutes. If using dried pasta, add the pasta into the broth before the peas. Cook the pasta for 3 minutes, then add the peas and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, beat the egg then add the grated cheese and combine. Remove pot from the heat and pour the egg mixture in slowly, while continuing to stir the pasta to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste, and a pinch of lemon zest if you like. Serve with more cheese grated on top.
Woohoo Suzanne! I voted just now. Absolutely fantastic news. Hope you win.
More power to you my dear ❤️
Thank you so much. I was surprised and very happy,
I wasn’t surprised at all
Yay!!! Off to vote!
Thank you so much.
Hi Suzanne, Congrats! I voted for you!
congrats! Voted but not sure if it worked.
Thank you so much. You will know if it worked because it will say “you voted for this recipe” if not it doesn’t matter just the fact that you tried means the world to me.
I figured it out and logged in to vote successfully.
Many congrats to you, Suzanne!!! On my way to vote for you. This reminds me of a carbonara – I just posted one this morning with asparagus, so we’re on the same wavelength today :-). Good luck in the contest!!!!
Oh yum love carbonara. Can’t wait to see that recipe and thank you so much.
Congratulations!!! This is a perfect spring dish with a crisp white wine. I will be making this soon! Thank you & good luck!!!
Yes perfect with a nice light white. Thanks so much Michelle.
Suzanne, this looks so delicious, i think i can smell it! And the plate is the perfect complement too. I’ve just voted, and it brightened this gloomy day to get into the team spirit of voting for you. Huge hugs. 🙂
You are so sweet thank you so much.
Oops — by the way… what could i substitute for the egg? (I’m allergic…) Or would it work well enough to just leave out the egg?
Leave the egg out completely, won’t alter the recipe in the slightest.
I’m so excited for you, Suzanne. I love this soup- have made it many times. GREAT recipe! BRAVO!!
Thanks so much Em I’m thrilled.
And of course I voted for you!! smooches!
Thank you so much!
Wonderful! Wishing you the best of luck!
Thanks so much Georgie.
Congrats & good luck, Suzuanne! I hope you win!
Thank you so much.
Congratulations Suzanne! 👏
Your stunning dish sure deserves to win.
Wishing you the best of luck and keeping my fingers crossed for you!
It’s the battle of the Italians, the other finalist who is wonderful, has a zabaglione. Thanks Francesca.
From one Italian to another: you will be the one!
LOL, thank you.
Looks divine! Big congrats, Suzanne! Well done! 😀 xx
Thanks so much Jess.
I voted for you…… Good luck on winning
Thanks so much I really appreciate the support.
Fantastic Suzanne, I love it and just voted!!!! 🙂
Thank you so much Amy!!
Wonderful – happy to vote!!! Hope you WIN!!! Your Florida Bud, Cheryl ps Hugs to Nando! X
Thanks so much Cheryl. Giving Nando a big hug from you.
I am one of your foodie fans “a big fan” in fact! One day I hope we meet in person!
👏👏👏 Congrats and good luck! Hope you win! Voting for you:)
Thank you so much Olga appreciate it.
Congratulations Suzanne! Five ingredient recipes are always fun for those evenings when you need dinner 10 minutes ago 😉 Off to go vote for you now!!
Yes thats exactly it, perfect when you have little time but want a warm homemade meal. Thanks so much.
Congratulations Suzanne! Going to vote. All the best.
Thank you very much, much appreciated.
Congratulations, I have just voted. Lots of luck! 😉
Thank you so much.
Congratulations! Looks like a lovely recipe – best of luck with the competition 🙂
Thank you so much.
Great news and I voted for you!!!
Thanks Maria, appreciate it
Congratulation, I just voted. It looks like a great dish.
Thank you so much Gerlinde!
Congrts Suzanne:-) hoping to thr page and for ng for you
Thank you so much.
Congrats Suzanne! I’m going to support your pasta and piselli…. I love this kind of dishes of Italian tradition…. they are not so well known, but they should be!
Margy thank you so much, yes this is an old recipe, I had never heard of it before I saw it made while I was in Italy, it’s so simple to make with few ingredients and so delicious.
Congratulations, Suzanne! That’s so great! The recipe looks very delicious and I’ll definitely try your version of Pasta Piselli soon 🙂 The directions seem simple which is great for a Pasta dish in my opinion.
Of course, I also voted for you. Cheers!
Thank you so much Julian. yes the recipe is so simple but in my opinion simple is almost always the best especially when it comes to pasta dishes. Very much appreciate the vote. Thank you.
OMG! Congrats, Suzanne! The recipe looks so delicious! Love it! I am trying to vote, but I don’t have any confirmation that I did… Gonna try on other device 🙂
Hi Marcela, thank you so much. You have to register on food52 or your vote is not recorded. I so appreciate it. Thank you so much.
Looks delightful.. A big Congrats dear Suzanne. .. happy to vote!!
Thank you so much Chitra!
Well done! Not surprised this was picked. With a really good broth this would be delicious. Dangerous for me, to eat in public! I’d need to be hosed down afterwards. I’m such a mess with food ATM, with wonky wisdom teeth. Best to slurp this at home! 🙂 Off to vote!
LOL, you make me laugh. Thank you Johnny.
Congratulations, Suzanne! Pasta Piselli looks very delectable. I’m off to vote for you! 🙂
Congratulations, Suzanne! Pasta Piselli looks very delectable. Good Luck… I’m off to vote for you! 🙂
Thanks so much Fae!!
How could you and this recipe not win? This is clearly the best 5-ingredient recipe there is and you are the friendliest person online! Who happens to be an awesome cook! It looks like you’re already 1k ahead of the other person, but I decided to add my one vote all the same 😃😃. Big congrats, Suzanne! I think a toast is in order!
Thank you so much, you’re just too sweet. The recipe is so simple it’s almost not a recipe at all. If I win I’ll bring the champagne to FF next week and we’ll toast.
I am SO so SO so SO impressed!! Woo hoo!! Love this- need to vote ASAP! Love Food 52. You & your dish are awesome!
Thank you so much Josette. I love Food 52 also, have been there a long time and I always learn from them and the great community and have fun at the same time.
You have my vote! Delicious Suzanne!
Thanks so much Viviana!
I am pleased to give you my vote and my congratulations on your success with this great recipe!
Thanik you Hilda, really do appreciate it.
Just voted for you and my-oh-my it looks fantastic!!!!
Thank you so much!
Yay for you!! I just voted 🙂 Love, love, love pasta piselli!!
Thank you so much.
This is just so awesome, Suzanne! The recipe looks just amazing! I am going to vote for you right now! Good luck! 😀
Thank you so much Julianna!!
It looks amazing and I am definitely making it soon! Voted as well, good luck! x
Jane, thank you so much.
That’s great news! Congratulations! Just voted! I had to ❤️ it right? Just confirming ☺️
Thank you so much Sonal.
We had to ❤️ it ? I hope I’ve done the right thing! Is that considered a vote?
Hi Sonal, no hearting doesn’t count as a vote. First you have to register on Food52 and be signed in, then you click on the “Vote for this recipe” on the voting page the link I provided. You will get a prompt asking if you are voting for that recipe, click yes and it will say “you voted for this recipe”. Thanks so much Sonal.
OMG – you did it! Congratulations and I will so vote for you – and then make the dish, it sounds and looks amazing!
Thank you so much Ginger, really appreciate it.
This is awesome, Suzanne: big time congrats on making it to the final! Well done!
Plus, I love peas! 🙂
Me too, love peas, thank you Stefano!
Fabulous! Good luck x x x x
Thank you so much Elaine.
I concur with some of the other commenters, I am not surprised at all. Your food is amazing. And I know you’re going to win ;).
Kay of Pure & Complex
Thanks so much Kay.
Congratulations and wishing you the best Suzanne 🙂 I just voted.
Thanks so much Linda.
Congratulations! I’m very happy for you. Your recipe is just absolutely great, it will make its way into my personal cookbook. I would have voted for you, but didn’t find out how. Take it as my virtual vote. And keep cooking!
I am very thankful for your virtual vote, thank you so much.
Congrats!!! I voted 🙂 This is such a simple and delicious looking dish. Definitely giving it a try!
Thank you so much Sarah, it’s delicious.
Hooooooray! I voted! Trying it tonight…
Thank you so much Eizabeth.
Congratulations–that’s so exciting! This looks like a wonderful dish!
Thank you so much Nancy!
That’s fantastic Suzanne! Wishing you all the best with your very yummy Pasta Piselli – I’ve just gone in and voted for you. Can’t wait to hear the results! 🙂
Thanks so much Margot!
Congrats! I can see why. You whip up some awfully good looking and sounding dishes!
Thanks so much Mike, very kind of you.
I wish I had a little talent in the kitchen!
You may not possess the talent you would like in the kitchen but your blog is thought provoking and interesting and I enjoy every post. That’s talent too,
WOWWWWWW congratulations on being a finalist!!! I totaalllyyyy just voted and really hope you win!!! Let us know. You better- this dish is amazing!!!
Thank you so much Stephanie!
Read and voted. Love this dish. Good luck!
Thanks so much Cindy!
Congratulations, this dish looks delicious, simple is always best!
Totally agree and thank you so much.
I was so glad I wasn’t too late to vote! I love the simplicity of this recipe, how quick it is to make and the fact that most ingredients are probably ones that can be easily scrounged up at a moment’s notice without a shopping trip! (Frugal, too!)
It looks divine! 🙂 and good luck!
Thank you yes it is so simple and inexpensive to make and it’s true most of the ingredients are available right in our pantries.
I forgot to mention, yes, I voted! ah, for you!! 🙂
Thank you so much.
Wow Suzanne congratulations! This looks amazing!
Thank you Jasline!!
I just went to the site to vote, and it said that you are the winner! Congratulations, Suzanne! That is fantastic! The recipe looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it!
Ha, yes the time flew by. Thank you so much, I am really happy.
This is awesome Suzanne!! I’m too late to vote (ugh) but you won!! It does look like a delicious weekend recipe. thanks. SO glad for you!
Thank you so much Rhonda.
This looks like a great recipe that I will surely try. I wonder though how you could have entered an 8-ingredient recipe in a 5 or fewer ingredient contest?
Hi Stefan you don’t count salt and pepper or the optional lemon zest it’s considered seasoning.
In the contests water and seasoning are freebies, thank you so much.
Ah that makes sense. Most Italian recipes have few ingredients. A recipe for ragù di salsiccia from around Bologna is amazing: just salsiccia, tomatoes, and wine. The seasoning and fat are already in the salsiccia. With water, flour, and salt you have a primo piatto (gramigna al ragù di salsiccia, recipe is on my blog).
Ohhhh that sounds delicious, will definitely check that out.
This looks like yummy and such as simple recipe. Congrats on your win.