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Linguine with Walnuts, Green Beans, and Feta

Linguine with Walnuts, Green Beans, and Feta

Prep and Cook Time: about 30 minutes. Notes: To make this dish come together quickly, start heating the oven and water before you prepare the ingredients.

Sunset APRIL 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 1 cup walnut halves or pieces
  • 12 ounces dried linguine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces slender green beans (1/4 in. thick) such as haricots verts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (5 oz.)


1. Put walnuts in a 10- by 15-inch pan and bake in a 350° oven until golden under skins (break one to check), 8 to 10 minutes. Pour from pan. Increase oven temperature to 500°.

2. Meanwhile, in a covered 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 3 1/2 quarts water to a boil. Stir in linguine and boil, uncovered, until barely tender to bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and return to pan.

3. Trim ends from green beans; rinse and drain beans. In the 10- by 15-inch pan, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil and green beans; spread level in pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast in a 500° oven until green beans just begin to brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

4. In a large serving bowl, combine walnut oil, lemon peel, and feta cheese. Add pasta, walnuts, and green beans; mix gently. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.

Wine pairing: A crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño, with flavors of lemon and minerals, is a spot-on match for the lemon and green beans in the pasta. Pinot Gris brings out the richness of the walnut oil and nuts.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 520
  • Calories from fat: 52%
  • Protein: 14g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated fat: 5.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Sodium: 273mg
  • Cholesterol: 21mg

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