Walnut pasta - a filling recipe for chilly days
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A quick and simple pasta dish with all the goodness of nuts, richness of cream and comfort of pasta.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Turkish
Serves: 2
  • Pasta for two people (about 150 grams of dry spaghetti, for example)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 if you’re finishing with cream
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine (optional)
  • A small amount of fresh thyme, about a third of a sprig (optional)
  • 2 generous handfuls of walnuts (about 75 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons single cream
  • ~30 grams of Parmesan or hard Italian style cheese
  1. Cook the pasta as per instructions on the package.
  2. If you’re using pasta that takes 12 or so minutes to cook, you can just about do the sauce while the pasta cooks, put the pasta in when you start cooking the onion to give yourself the time you need. If you’ve got fresh pasta, cook it at the very end.
  3. Finely chop the onion and garlic.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic.
  5. Cook until soft, about five minutes, but take care not to brown it.
  6. Add the wine and thyme, if using, and let reduce.
  7. Chop the nuts roughly (each piece in at least four pieces – you want crunch but not so much that you cut your palate).
  8. Add the nuts and, if using, the cream.
  9. Grate the cheese and put in a bowl.
  10. When the pasta is done, drain, leaving a couple of table spoons of cooking liquor in the pan.
  11. Toss with the sauce and serve with the cheese on the side. Make sure everyone gets nuts – they tend to gather at the bottom of the pan.
Recipe by Edinburgh Foody at http://www.edinburghfoody.com/2018/01/30/walnut-pasta-a-filling-recipe-for-chilly-days/