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Lotsa Pasta
by Michele Anna Jordan
In most versions of this traditional sauce, you'll find several anchovies. Feel free to add them when you add the walnuts and garlic. But if you find yourself cooking for people who don't care for anchovies, as I sometimes do, you'll appreciate this version.
Yield: 4 servings.
Preparation time: 30 minutes.
Ready to serve: 35 minutes.


• 1 tablespoon kosher (coarse) salt plus more to taste
• 1 Ib. dried spaghettini
• 3 cups Italian parsley leaves
• 6 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
• 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• Freshly ground pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more to taste
• 1 tablespoon capers

Fill large pot two-thirds full of water; add 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook spaghettini according to package directions; drain. Do not rinse. Reserve about 1/4 cup cooking water.

2. Meanwhile, process parsley, garlic, walnuts, lemon peel, lemon juice and mustard in food processor. Pulse several times, scraping sides of bowl with rubber spatula if necessary, until mixture is uniformly minced. Transfer to medium bowl; season with salt and pepper. Stir in olive oil and capers; taste. If sauce seems tart, add 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil.

3. Transfer cooked pasta to deep bowl; pour sauce over pasta. Add 2 tablespoons cooking water. Toss until pasta is evenly coated with sauce; if it seems too thick, add more cooking water and toss again. Divide pasta evenly among plates.

Per serving: 820 calories, 40 g total fat (5 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 720 mg sodium, 7 g fiber.


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