I’m usually more of a saucy and cheesy pasta kind of girl. You know, that pasta, the quintessential pasta, the one where the pasta sauce that is simmered for hours before being mixed with pasta, then its thrown in a casserole and covered with cheese and baked in the oven until it’s all melted and bubbly. That’s usually the type of pasta I go for, and this dish, well surprise folks, it’s not that. So, why am I sharing it you ask?
Because it’s pretty much perfect, it’s delicious, and flavorful and best of all EASY. It’s ready in the amount of time it takes to cook pasta, about 8-10 minutes.
You say that it’s not as comforting? I say that it’s pretty comforting knowing that it’s not going straight to my hips, or my thighs, or both. Don’t knock in ’til you try it folks, coming from someone who loves her pasta sauce (ahem, my favourite sauce is a loaded and flavorful bolognese sauce.) this is now one of my favourite pasta dishes. Seriously guys, it’s the best.
Herbed Pasta with Garlic and Walnuts (serves 1-2)
Recipe by Lou
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp hot chili flakes
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
190 grams/7ish oz of whole wheat linguine
lots of freshly cracked pepper and Parmesan cheese (omit cheese for vegan)
In a pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water.
In a frying pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and chili flakes until fragrants, 2-3 minutes. Add the parsley and walnuts, stirring to cook. The parsley should wilt and the walnuts will become golden and toasted.
Drain cooked pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water. Add pasta and reserved water to pan, stirring to coat. At the last minute, add the basil. Serve.
Enjoy this simple pasta dish, packed with flavour and ready in 10 minutes!