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Fettuccine with Parsley Pesto and Walnuts

A twist on pesto -- with parsley and walnuts -- gives fettuccine springtime color and freshness. It's sure to impress the fussiest guests.

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  • Servings: 4
Fettuccine with Parsley Pesto and Walnuts

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound fettuccine
  • 2 cups packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, plus more chopped for serving
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 ounces baby spinach

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.

  2. In a food processor, puree parsley, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water until a paste forms. With machine running, add oil in a thin stream; process until very smooth, about 1 minute. Season pesto with salt and pepper.

  3. To pasta in pot, add pesto, 1/4 cup pasta water, and spinach; toss to combine. Thin with pasta water as needed. Serve sprinkled with walnuts and Parmesan.

Reviews (8)

  • kvnsgrl 30 Dec, 2013

    Very nice.

  • mirchick07 13 Feb, 2012

    So delicious & easy to make! I used whole wheat fettucine, I think it adds a heartier flavor. Perfect with the spinach & walnuts. I also used 1 cup parsley & 1 cup nettle just because it's so good for you. YUM!!!!! :) Happy I came across this recipe.

  • Carrieloulou 11 Mar, 2010

    We loved this! Made it with whole-wheat linguini. Very easy to put together. I served it with roasted drumsticks.

  • rotsol 27 Feb, 2010

    Hi kitchencartsromona !
    I love cilantro too but because it's such a strong flavour I wouldn't recommend substituting it for all the parsley - try 1/2 and 1/2 and see what you think.

  • kitchencartsromona 25 Feb, 2010

    I am wondering if I could substitute cilantro for parsley. My family likes that flavor over parsley.

  • kitchencartsromona 25 Feb, 2010

    I am wondering if I could substitute cilantro for parsley. My family likes that flavor over parsley.

  • babamarg 4 Mar, 2009

    Delcious............loved it

  • babamarg 4 Mar, 2009

    Delcious............loved it

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