Pasta makes an ideal partner for the lightest, most delicately flavored veggies of the year. These dishes showcase fresh, vibrant items like snappy green peas, earthy asparagus, peppery radishes, sweet spring onions, and nutty fava beans. The job of the noodles is to make them a substantial, but never heavy, meal. It's also fitting to celebrate the season's produce bounty with pasta that's just as varied: tidy farfalle bow ties and fluted garganelli tubes; long, hollow bucatini noodles and broad, elegant pappardelle ribbons. We chose dried pastas, rather than fresh—they're pantry-friendly and offer a more satisfying chew when cooked al dente.

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March 30, 2011