30 August 2016

Mushroom Penne with Walnut Pesto

This is my first new post since JANUARY! Needless to say, being pregnant and having a new baby - I wasn't trying many new recipes. I still cooked quite a bit - but it was recipes already posted on my blog.

My mom is here (Will is out of town) and I thought this dish would be perfect. It was so delicious and the homemade pesto was amazing. I love making my own pesto because I don't have to use as much olive oil as the store bought pesto.

Don't miss these other recipes with homemade pesto!
Kale Pesto Stuffed Portobellos with Tomatoes
Spinach & Avocado Stuffed Portobellos
Asparagus-Spinach Pesto Pasta with Blackened Shrimp

For the Pasta
8 oz penne pasta
2 tbsp butter
16 oz fresh sliced mushrooms
¼ c grated or shaved Parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, and fresh parsley for topping

For the Walnut Pesto

1 c walnuts
1½ c packed greens (spinach, basil, parsley, anything you like - but keep some basil for a more traditional pesto flavor)
½ to ¾ c shredded Parmesan cheese
¼ c olive oil
1 clove garlic
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the penne pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Toast the walnuts in a small sauté pan over low heat with no butter or oil - stir and shake the pan until the walnuts are fragrant and toasty (about 5 minutes). In a food processor, combine all the ingredients for the walnut pesto and pulse until mostly smooth.

Heat the butter over medium heat in a wide skillet. Add the mushrooms and saute for 8-10 minutes, until the mushrooms are a deep golden brown. Add the penne pasta to the pan an
d stir to combine, adding Parmesan, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley or other herbs to taste.

Divide the pasta between 4-6 bowls and top with a generous spoonful of the walnut pesto OR stir the walnut pesto directly into the pasta.

Original recipe found here.