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Farfalle with Walnut-Tarragon Pesto, Crimini Mushrooms and Peas

Meaty crimini mushrooms and sweet petite peas are the perfect complement to the decadent walnut-tarragon pesto in this hearty vegetarian pasta dish.

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 1 cup pasta and 1 cup of vegetables

Ingredients

16 oz package farfalle (bow-tie shaped) pasta
16 oz crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 cup frozen petite spring peas, thawed
1 cup raw walnuts, lightly toasted in a dry skillet
2 cups loosely packed parsley (some stems are fine)
1/2 cup fresh parmeggiano-reggiano cheese chunks
1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 TB fresh thyme leaves
1 peeled garlic clove
1/2 cup + 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 TB lemon juice
Sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Cook farfalle according to package instructions.  Be sure to liberally salt the water. Drain and reserve a cup of pasta water.

In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add a couple of pinches of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper when they are near done. Turn off heat, add the cooked farfalle and set aside.

Make the pesto by first adding the garlic clove and Parmesan cheese to a food processor. Pulse until crumbly, then add the walnuts. Pulse again to smaller crumbles, making sure garlic is well incorporated. Then add parsley, tarragon, and thyme. Blend until herbs are finely minced in with the cheese and walnuts. Add the lemon juice, and with the processor running, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Check the seasonings and add some pepper and a pinch or two of salt to taste.

Add the pesto, 1/4 cup at a time, and the thawed peas to the skillet. Toss, and add a little bit of pasta water to thin the pesto.  Add more pesto as desired, toss again, and thin with pasta water as necessary.  Serve with a wedge of Parmesan cheese to grate fresh over the top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 510; Total Fat: 30g; Saturated Fat: 4.5g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 100mg; Total Carbohydrate: 50g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 14g