Saturday, May 17, 2008

Walnuts and Parsley Pasta*****

Great garlic flavor with a light chicken broth "sauce".  This pasta is fresh tasting, with a nice walnut crunch.  It's the perfect side dish.

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12 ounces (3/4 box) whole-wheat pasta
2/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts, 2 tablespoons reserved for garnish
1/4 cup olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1-ounce grated Parmesan (about 3/4 cup)
2 cups arugula leaves, gently packed

Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions, then drain in a colander.
Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, stirring frequently, 3 to 5 minutes.

In the pot the pasta was cooked in, heat the olive oil over low heat, add the garlic stirring until soft and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes (be careful not to burn it). Return the pasta to the pot, add the broth, all but 2 tablespoons of the walnuts, the parsley, salt and pepper and toss to combine, cooking over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and toss to combine. Arrange 1/2 cup of arugula leaves on each of 4 serving plates. Top each with about 2 cups of pasta. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, the reserved walnuts and more parsley. Serve hot.


Recipe Courtesy of Ellie Krieger - Food Network

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