Friday, February 20, 2015

Nutty Pasta Dish. . . . . . . . .

I made a tasty pasta dish a couple of days back - recipe from Brian Glover's 
great little cook book ~ Cooking with Pumpkins and Squash ~
(pub. 2008 Ryland Peters & Small)
Brian has always been my favorite British chef having written food articles 
and shared recipes in many UK magazines besides his published cook books.

Chef Glover's dish above ~ my bowl below.

Pasta with Pan-Fried Squash, Walnut, and Parsley Sauce

Perfect for the cooler season when walnuts and orange-fleshed squashes are 
at their best. Traditionally, a version of this walnut sauce is served with pappardelle 
pasta in northern Italy, but you can use other shapes successfully if you don't have 
that particular one on hand. I used Trader Joe's Lemon Pappardelle which is great, 
and a butternut squash.

To serve 4
1-1/4 cups fresh walnut halves
3 fat garlic cloves, peeled
5 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon Walnut Oil
5 Tablespoons heavy cream or creme fraiche
Small bunch flat leaf parsley
1-1/2 lbs. peeled squash, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices or chunks
1-2 pinches dried hot pepper flakes, crushed
14 oz. pasta of your choice
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Preheat oven to 350F. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet for 5-6 mins. 
making sure they don't burn!
Rub vigorously in a clean tea towel to remove as much skin as possible.
Roughly chop 1/3 of nuts and set aside. Put remaining nuts in a food processor.
Blanch garlic in boiling water 2 mins., drain, rinse and add to food processor.
Add 2 Tblsp. olive oil, the walnut oil and cream. Whizz to make a paste. 
Set aside a third of the parsley, then whizz remaining two-thirds into the sauce. 
Chop reserved parsley and set aside.
Leave sauce in processor until needed.
In large frying pan heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat,
add the squash and hot pepper flakes and cook, turning squash now and then,
until tender and lightly browned, about 10-12 mins.
Meanwhile bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and cook pasta 
according to package directions.
When pasta is cooked, drain, reserving 4-5 tablespoons of the cooking water. 
Whizz enough of this water into sauce to make it creamy, then season with salt, 
pepper, and a little nutmeg. 
Toss pasta with the sauce, squash, remaining chopped walnuts and parsley.
Sprinkle with cheese at the table.

I was able to grab two copies of this cook book on Amazon recently. One went to 
my newly married, extremely creative granddaughter Cassie who's a great cook - visit 
her fabulous blog HERE. I'm loving my copy and plan to be rustling up more 
hearty dishes from this little cookery gem soon.

Buon appetito!


  1. Mary, that looks so good! The book sounds wonderful too. Hope you are staying warm during this cold weather!

  2. I think I already know what I'll have for dinner... thank you very much, Mary! And for this inspiring book too :)

  3. Ooh, this looks absolutely divine! I will be printing out the recipe so I can try it soon. I bookmarked your granddaughter's blog so I can go through it later. If she's anything like her grandma, then I already know she's a lovely young woman. :-)

  4. A beautiful presented dish Mary!
    We love pumpkin, buttercup and squash and I roast it for a pasta dish.
    I'll check this book on The Book Depository!
    Last night I mentioned you and Carrot and Raisin muffins on my post!
    Hopping over to meet your granddaughter Cassie!
    Shane x

  5. That looks so good and healthy too. Love the photo on the cover of the book. So pretty.
    Enjoy your weekend and stay warm.

  6. For some reason, I can't eat walnuts. They make my mouth get weird. But other than that, I can pan fry some pine nuts or something similar, no ?
    It looks so tasty. I am afraid my reading material is more in the world of mysteries in the English countryside.

  7. Lovely recipe for the cold you are having Mary. Is it just as bad as you anticipated or have things eased up now? I hope so xx

  8. Yum!!! Oh I am always looking for vegetarian dishes. This sounds perfect! Bonnie

  9. Oh, that looks amazing, Mary. That's my kind of meal. Deb


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