Spaghetti with Portabellas, Sage & Walnuts

 In this dish, mushrooms, sage, and walnuts turn ordinary spaghetti into the perfect fall meal. The mix is filling, flavorful, and a welcome diversion from traditional sauce.

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Spaghetti with Portabellas, Sage & Walnuts

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    3/4 lb dried spaghetti Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil 2/3 cup loosely packed fresh sage leaves
    1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
    3 large portabella mushrooms caps, gills scraped out and discarded, caps thinly sliced and cut into 2-inch pieces 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


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    • 1

      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until it's tender but still firm to the tooth, about 9 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain the pasta and set aside.

    • 2

      Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and 2 Tbs. of the butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the butter is melted. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they're brown and tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

    • 3

      In the same sauté pan, melt the remaining 6 Tbs. butter over medium heat. Add the sage leaves, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they darken and crisp and the flecks of milk solids in the butter are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Return the mushrooms to the pan and pile in the walnuts, the cooked pasta, and the 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Toss the pasta continuously with tongs to coat well, adding more water as needed so the pasta is moist, 1 to 2 minutes. (If your skillet isn't big enough, you can toss everything together in the pasta pot.) Season with salt and pepper, mound into bowls, and sprinkle generously with the Parmigiano. Serve immediately.

    nutritional information

    5 g
    44 g
    Saturated Fat:
    18 g
    72 g
    18 g
    670 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    16 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat:
    7 g
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