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Spelt Pasta with Savory Walnut and Mushroom Sauce

Serves 4 to 6
Time 35 min
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.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 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 fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 pound dried spelt spaghetti
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Method

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, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 

Add spaghetti and cook 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.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 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 fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 pound dried spelt spaghetti
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.