Yesterday marked two years of being married to an amazing man. When you find yourself thousands of miles apart from the one person you want to share a meal with, there is only one solution…Enter Skype. We picked a recipe, something unique that we hadn’t tried yet, that we could both get ingredients for, and that could be made in one hour…Enter Linguini alle Noci. Add wine, great conversation, and it was one of the best dinner dates ever.
The recipe was delicious. The addition of breadcrumbs added depth to the dish. The fresh parsley offset the richness of the walnuts and the whole dish was topped with a generous amount of pecorino romano. If your walnuts are slightly bitter, you can blanch them first and remove the skins. It may take a little extra time but can make a huge difference in the final product. Overall, this dish is simple, fun and the perfect meal to share…over Skype or at the same table.
Linguine Alle Noci:
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c minced onion
1/2 c toasted hard bread crumbs
1 c roughly chopped walnuts
1/2 c cream
1 T hot red pepper flakes
1 pound linguine
1/2 c roughly chopped Italian Parsley
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino romano
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons kosher salt.
In a small saucepot, add cream, half of the walnuts, and half the red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer.
In skillet, heat the oil over medium heat till smoking. Add the onion and cook until light golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add half of the bread crumb, remaining half of the walnuts, and remaining pepper flakes and cook until lightly toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Using an immersion blender, blend the cream and walnut mixture. Add to the bread crumb mixture.
Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions until 1 minute short of al dente. Just before draining the pasta, add 1/4- 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water to the pan with the walnut mixture.
Add the drained pasta to the walnut mixture. Place the pan over medium heat and continue cooking the pasta with the walnut mixture until the pasta is lightly dressed, about 1 minute. Add the parsley and grated cheese, stir through, pour into a heated bowl, sprinkle with the remaining bread crumbs, and serve immediately.