A bowl of angel hair pasta with corn, peas, and fresh herbs.
Easy,  Entrées,  Recipes,  Vegan,  Vegetarian

Angel Hair with Peas, Corn and Fresh Herbs

A bowl of angel hair pasta with corn, peas, and fresh herbs.

I made this for a quick lunch today and it turned out pretty good. I threw some frozen sweet corn and peas in with the angel hair while it was cooking. After draining, I sauteed some red pepper flakes, chopped shallot and garlic in oil and mixed it all together. I grated in some fresh Parmesan and topped it with some thyme, chives, oregano and basil from my garden. I added a little salt and pepper, topper oil and more Parmesan. It was pretty tasty and easy.

I have a question though – has anyone had basil that starts turning colors shortly after it’s chopped? I picked it straight from my garden, and chopped it right at the end and a minute or two later, the edges where I cut it started turning dark. By the time I ate it, all the basil got really dark. I’m not sure if it’s just the heat from the pasta, the fact that my plants have been subjected to rain almost every day for the last month or what. Any ideas?

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Katy ~

    Ashley, oxidation turns the leaves dark when you cut it with a knife. Try tearing it into small pieces. It will still turn dark, but not as quickly.

  • Ashley

    Katy – I guess I’m questioning it because it’s happening WAY faster than it ever used to. I always wait to chop fresh herbs till the end, and it usually takes a while before they start turning colors. The last few times I’ve used this basil, it’s turned incredibly quickly. So weird!

    finsmom – I love how quickly it cooks, too! The longest part is waiting for the water to boil!

    chaya – Thanks for stopping by! It’s a fun and easy combination, and great if you have frozen veggies hanging around!

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