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Today's Special: Pasta With Walnut Sauce

Today's Special: Pasta With Walnut Sauce

Lately I've been really into walnuts. Plain walnuts for snacking, candied walnuts in salads, and toasted walnuts in cookies. Just when I think I've used walnuts in every possible dish that I can, BAM a new recipe is discovered that incorporates walnuts in an exciting and different way. Walnuts in pasta? Now we're talking. Essentially this dish is similar to making a pesto but walnuts take the place of fresh basil. For a rich vegetarian supper, where walnuts are the star ingredients

Nigella Lawson

6 ounces shelled walnuts
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 slice bread, crusts removed
2/3 cup whole milk
1 ounce grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil (preferably Ligurian)
Salt and pepper
2 pounds any flat short pasta
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley, for garnish

  1. Put a large saucepan of water on to boil, and toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan until they begin to make a nutty aroma.
  2. Put the bread in a bowl and cover with the milk.
  3. Put most of the toasted walnuts (reserving about 1 ounce for garnish) into a blender along with the garlic, bread soaked in milk, and Parmesan. Blend until it turns smooth and creamy, then pour in the oil and season well with salt and pepper before blending again.
  4. Pour into a bowl, and set aside.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water with salt and cook for the required amount of time.
  6. When pasta is al dente, reserve a cup of the pasta cooking liquid and then drain the pasta, but put it in to a large bowl while it's still dripping slightly with water.
  7. Sprinkle a little olive oil over the pasta to prevent it sticking together, and then add the walnut sauce, mixing it into the pasta (splash in a little pasta cooking liquid to make the sauce less thick if needed).
  8. Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and toss them over the top along with some more Parmesan and the chopped parsley.

8 to 10 servings

Join The Conversation
Gigi99 Gigi99 10 years
I saw Nigella make this on her Christmas special, but can't recall what kind of bread she used. Does anyone know?
esmy-J esmy-J 10 years
love pasta!
boredatwork boredatwork 10 years
I saw this on Nigella Bites...and it makes me slightly nervous to try. I'm not a big fan of nuts, but she made it look so yummy.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
rich being the operative word here ;)
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 10 years
My boyfriend's sis is a veg so i never know what to cook for her i am going to have to file this one :) TINA!
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