Sweet Pea Ricotta Spread

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 cup fresh peas

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint leaves

  • 1 tsp lemon zest, plus 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided

  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. In a steamer basket set over a pot of boiling water, add garlic and peas and steam, covered, for 6 minutes or until very tender.

  2. Meanwhile, to a medium bowl, add cheese, mint, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

  3. Transfer peas and garlic to a strainer and rinse under cold water to cool; drain well. Add to a mini food processor with lemon juice and process until smooth. Stir pea mixture into cheese mixture and mix well.