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Pasta With Zesty Pecan Sauce

Prep time 20 mins
Other Time time 15 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

How to Make It

  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.