Friday, January 22, 2010

Weeknight Riccioli in Creamy Walnut Sauce

Score one for good weeknight food. It took me longer to boil pasta than it did to throw together the walnut sauce, making this one of my new go to meals on busy chaotic nights. I like to serve it with a Caesar salad, garlic bread, and a glass of Pinot Grigio or a sweet Riesling to cut through the wonderfully creamy walnut sauce.

I think I’ll pass this recipe on to my sister-in-law Dorian. She’s going to need some quick easy meals for awhile. Dorian and my brother Steve welcomed their first child into the family Wednesday the 20th at 11:44p.m. Rowan Kay weighed in at a very healthy 8.07 pounds and is 20 inches long.

Now the question is, will this child ever learn to walk? I have a feeling Rowan’s going to move from one set of arms to the other until she’s ten. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a baby in the family.

Congratulations Dorian, Steve & Rowan! We love you!

2 thick slices whole wheat bread
1 1/4 cups milk
2 1/2 cups walnuts pieces
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pound Riccioli pasta, or any other favorite pasta shape
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried parsley

1. Cut the crust off the bread and soak in the milk, until most of the milk is absorbed.

2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 minutes.

3. Place the bread, walnuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese and olive oil in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

4. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water according to instructions on the package. Near the end of cooking time set aside about 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and place back in the pan.

5. Toss the pasta, walnut sauce, and parsley together. Add some of the pasta water if needed for creaminess. Top with a little parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted slightly from my friend Rhonda’s MySpace. Thanks Rhonda for the great recipe! Picture by Laura Flowers.


Chef E said...

Congrats, hubby and I had a new nephew born, and hubby is the oldest of eight, so lots of arms to pass around...a great tribute, creation to present on this great occasion!

Coleens Recipes said...

A new baby in the family, how fun!! This recipe looks like a real keeper, I love that its so quick.

Cooking Rookie said...

Such an original recipe - I never saw a combination of pasta with bread and walnuts :-). Sounds very interesting, I am going to try this one!

notyet100 said...

will try this soon,..

l'optimiste said...

we LOVE pasta - never thought of walnut sauce - will be trying this. your recipes are great!

La Table De Nana said...

I've wanted to make a walnut sauce for some time this may well be the nudge:) Congratulations on the new baby to hold and love~

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I can honestly say I've never had pasta with a walnut cream sauce, but man it sounds fantastic. Will definitely be giving this one a try!


Devon said...

Where did you find this recipe? The bread soaking etc. are totally new techniques for me.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Devon,

I found that walnut pasta recipe from my friend Rhonda's MySpace. I've never made anything like it before either.

If you ever want to know where the recipes come from I write a tagline with credit at the bottom of each post.


Vrinda said...

something very new to me..lov the ingredients in them...looks yummm

Federica Simoni said...

complimenti! questo piatto รจ davvero invitante! cremoso e saporito!

Mimi said...

Welcome little Rowan and congrat to Steve and Dorian. Nothing like a new baby in the family.
Pasta is our go to meal when we are to busy to really cook, so it's nice to have a new quick recipe.

Sue said...

"Walnut sauce" in the title really grabbed my attention! The recipe sounds delicious and so gourmet!

Congrats Auntie!!! :)

Trissa said...

I love the idea of a walnut sauce - how fabulous is it that it only takes minutes to prepare?!

Lisa said...

Welcome to the new little one in the family! And this pasta looks delicious--a perfect dish for busy moms and dads!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Congrats on the new niece! This recipe is brilliant. Tasty and filling without the doctoring of cream, brilliant!

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

This sounds so good. . .I'll be making this soon!

Velva said...

Pasta and walnut sauce sounds like a wonderful flavor combination. Anytime, I see that a dish scores as a good weeknight dish, I am all eyes! I need all the help I can get during the week.

Congratulations on the new baby in the family!

Pink Little Cake said...

An award for my great friend!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on the new baby! The dish looks really good and simple to make.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

You have me smiling.....with word on if she'll learn to walk. Ha ha ha. Congratulations and this looks like a great serving of nutty pasta. Why not send it on to Presto Pasta Night?

2 Stews said...

What would new moms ever do without pasta?

A new year...a new baby....wonderful for all!


Erin said...

Hi! I had a fantastic pasta once at an Italian restaurant and it was a walnut cream sauce! I'm hoping this recipe will taste similar! The restaurant also combined apples into the pasta recipe. Could be a good alternate or a new recipe to try out! I would love to see if you can create something similar.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Erin apples are a good idea! I might try that next time. Thank-you!


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