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A pasta dish for two that is deliciously nutty, light and sultry and can be whipped up in thirty minutes!
Bring a large pot of water to boil.
Mean while, toast the walnuts in a dry 10-inch skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 8-10 minutes. Watch closely so they don’t burn.
In a mini food processor, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, toasted walnuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper. Process until thick and paste-like. Add more olive oil if it is too dry and crumbly.
Drop in the pasta and cook as directed on the package, usually 8-10 minutes on average.
Reheat the pan you toasted the walnuts in over medium heat and add in the sun-dried tomato/walnut pesto. Stir often while the pesto starts to caramelize on the bottom of the pan.
De-glaze the pan with a good splash of white wine. Use as much or as little as you would like. Stir and scrape up the bits on the bottom of the pan.
Turn the heat off and, using tongs, add in the spaghetti noodles straight from the pot. Add a 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water and toss some more. Season with salt to taste.
Top with shavings of Parmesan and serve.
I can honestly say this fresh pasta recipe works every time. It rolls out beautifully, tastes great, doesn’t blow up in the water, doesn’t break when you make ravioli and the dough can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator!
I make pasta a lot, mostly ravioli. I make a bunch and freeze them and it makes getting dinner on the table so easy! Feel free to substitute spinach, basil, chard or kale … but ramps are in season!
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