Monday, May 10, 2010

Pasta With Zesty Pecan Sauce

Easy sides: Split 1 (12-oz.) French bread loaf lengthwise, and brush cut sides with 1/2 cup melted butter. Top with 6 garlic cloves, pressed; 1 tsp. dried oregano; and 1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes. Bake until lightly browned and crisp. Serve with a tossed salad or green vegetable.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Other Time: 15 minutes
Yield: Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 (12-oz.) package linguine
1 (14-oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Salt to taste
1. Heat pecans in a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from skillet. Let cool 5 minutes. Stir together pecans, parsley, and zest.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

3. Process artichoke hearts and next 5 ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid. Pulse 3 to 4 times or until smooth. Toss with hot cooked pasta; season with salt to taste. Top each serving with pecan mixture.

Inspired by Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina, Southern Living, MARCH 201

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