Spelt Pasta with Savory Walnut and Mushroom Sauce

Spelt Pasta with Savory Walnut and Mushroom Sauce

Serves 4 to 6

The star in this dish is the luxurious sauce, which combines walnuts, mushrooms and a touch of heavy cream. If you like, make the sauce for this pasta vegan by substituting vegetable stock for the heavy cream and leaving out the butter. Spelt pasta offers a slightly nutty texture and more protein than wheat pasta.

  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons mirin or water
  • 6 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 pound dried spelt spaghetti
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Put 3/4 cup of the walnuts and heavy cream into a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms and raise the heat. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms release their juices, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add mirin and simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the parsley and reserved cream-walnut mixture to the sauce. Simmer lightly, 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce is thickened.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain well and transfer to a large bowl. Pour sauce over pasta, toss to coat and garnish with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts and 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:490 calories (290 from fat), 32g total fat, 9g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 14g protein
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