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Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Spinach, and Walnuts

I have a coworker, Sarah, who makes this dish at least every other week. Every time she brings in the leftovers for lunch I tell myself I’m going to make t his, and then a week or two passes by and I tell myself this again–finally I added it into my weekly menu, and I’m so glad I did.  I highly suggest you try this recipe. She modified Giada’s recipe, so I used Sarah’s modified version, and next time I think I’ll only use half of the marscapone the recipe calls for, and maybe even add in some extra veggies.

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Serves: 
6

INGREDIENTS:

  • Salt
  • 1 box farfalle pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 package of baby spinnach, chopped
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese (If you don’t want it as creamy use a 1/2 cup)
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted (optional–we weren’t a fan of this next time I’ll use pine nuts)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the farfalle and cook until al dente, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.  
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and saute until tender and most of the juices have evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped spinnach and saute until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the farfalle. Stir in the mascarpone and nutmeg and toss until the cheese coats the pasta, adding the reserved cooking liquid 1/4 cup at a time to moisten (If you dump your cooking liquid on accident like I did you can use hot water–works just as well). Stir in 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional). Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mound the pasta in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and remaining 1/4 cup of walnuts. Serve.

Cooks note: You can add slices of grilled chicken breast or shrimp on top of the pasta to give it more volume for the carnivore’s in your life!

   

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3 Responses to “Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Spinach, and Walnuts”

  1. mamakrystal posted on June 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm (#)

    YUM, this sounds great…I love mascarpone cheese!

  2. Deb posted on June 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm (#)

    I'm making this one next week! It's easy and looks yummy…sounds perfect to me 😉

  3. Katie posted on June 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm (#)

    Yes, this is a very easy meal! My friend Sarah has 2 kids and I think that's the main reason why she makes it so often!!!

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