Mezzi Rigatoni with Clams, Plum Tomatoes and Green Pea Sauce

This seafood pasta featuring a bright green sweet pea sauce is light, fresh and perfect for spring.

3 pounds Barilla Mezzi Rigatoni
1-1/2 cups dry white wine
6 pounds manila or small littleneck clams, scrubbed
1/2-cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1-1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled, deveined (36/40 count)
3 pounds plum tomatoes, blanched, seeded, diced
3 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 cups frozen green peas, thawed
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Bring salted water to a boil in steam-jacketed kettle or large stockpot on stovetop. Add pasta; cook 1 min. less than directed on package. Drain, reserving 2 cups pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, bring wine to a boil in medium pot. Add clams; cover with lid. Cook 3-5 min. or until shells open. Discard any unopen clams; reserve liquid.
  3. Heat ¼ cup oil and garlic in large rondeau on medium heat. Add shrimp; cook 2-3 min. or until opaque. Stir in reserved clam liquid, pasta, tomatoes and parsley; cook 1-2 min. until heated through.
  4. Sweat onion with 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add peas; cook 1-2 min. or until tender. Cool slightly; blend peas in batches, adding pasta water in ½-cup increments as needed until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For each serving, spread ¼ cup Green Pea Sauce on bottom of plate. Mound pasta mixture in center of sauce. Garnish evenly with clams and a drizzle of remaining olive oil.