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Fettuccine with Smoky Turnip Greens, Lemon, and Goat Cheese

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 55 mins

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Don't discard the cooking water when you drain the pasta. Reserve 1 cup to ladle over the cooked greens, and you'll instantly create a creamy sauce.


  • 1 (8-oz.) package fettuccine
  • 8 ounces country ham, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound turnip greens, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Sauté ham in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 8 minutes or until crisp. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in greens in batches, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Add 1/4 tsp. red pepper, and season with salt and black pepper. Stir in cheese, next 2 ingredients, and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water; cook, stirring constantly, until butter melts and mixture thickens. Stir in up to 1/2 cup pasta water, until desired consistency is reached. Divide pasta into individual bowls; top with greens mixture, goat cheese, lemon zest, and remaining 1 tsp. red pepper.

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