Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture, about 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon hazelnuts)

Pasta of the Month.

Look for blanched hazelnuts, which should have most or all of their skins removed.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup cooking liquid.

Step 2

While water for pasta comes to a boil, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add hazelnuts to pan; sauté for 3 minutes or until toasted and fragrant. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Add oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add garlic and mushrooms to pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Sauté mushroom mixture for 5 minutes; stir in sage. Add pasta, reserved cooking liquid, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan; toss well to combine. Remove from heat; top with cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and chives.

Ratings & Reviews

Interesting but a bit on the dry side

August 25, 2015
Not sure about the hazelnuts in this but it was an interesting and new combo of flavors.  Really galicky.  Fresh pasta is a must.  We just thought it came out a bit too dry and needed like a touch of half and half or something.  Doubt I'll make again though.  But I'm glad I tried it.

WLBETH's Review

October 02, 2013
Based on previous reviews, I had high hopes for this recipe, but I thought it was just okay. Needed a lot of cheese to give it some flavor. Probably won't be making this again.

wiggieje's Review

February 25, 2013
"Delish" ... good enough for company and genuinely quick/easy.

pdxoxs's Review

February 19, 2013
Please forgive me, but I'm going to review this recipe based on alterations I made. For this recipe I switched the exotic blend mushrooms with Shitake, Cremini, and Regular Mushrooms. The blend was 3.59 a box, which would have made the meal almost 4 dollars/ serving. I also was forced to use box fettuccine because I could not get my hands on fresh pasta. I also used Parmesan instead of Parmesan-Reggiano because it was what I had. I also used non-blanched whole Oregon Hazelnuts, which I blanched at home (makes your house smell delicious). And you know what, it was still fantastic. The pasta absorbs the juices of the mushrooms oddly well, the garlic and hazelnuts worked very well together, and the Shiitake did have a distinctive flavor, which makes me excited about making this again with the exotic blend. I reduced the serving to about a cup to also get through some leftover chicken we had, which brought the recipe to about 1.50/ serving, and the pasta itself was very filling.

SuzanneM's Review

November 10, 2012
Outstanding, indeed! I made the recipe as stated, except to add a tiny bit more butter to the cooking liquid at the end to enrich it a bit. The mushrooms were meaty and earthy, the sage was the perfect herb to highlight the flavors and the hazelnuts added a beautiful buttery crunch. (My hazelnuts were not blanched or pre-chopped but it made no difference to the taste, look or timing for the meal.) The cheese was perfect to top the dish. I would definitely serve this to company, and it was a very elegant-tasting meatless dish, especially for such effortless and simple preparation. Highly recommended.

Ramonalite's Review

June 11, 2012
OMG - absolutely fabulous! Loved it. My husband who "hates nuts in his food" also really liked it. The butter makes it rich and if you like hazelnuts this is the best (hazelnuts are on his bad list too). Use a few different mushrooms and cook and carmelize them well. Next time (and I can't wait for the next time) I will use more mushrooms (keeping the butter and oil constant) and I will use more than 3/4 c of pasta water - i will increase it to 1 cup to make it a little moister. If you are counting calories or points make sure you measure this - it is so good you will have trouble with portion size. I can not wait to make this again. First recipe I'm sharing on Facebook - run and make this!

ccdejongz's Review

March 20, 2012
And today's special is.............

Belanos's Review

February 12, 2012
Very nice. I made half a recipe, subbing dry whole-wheat fettuccine for the fresh, and "regular" chopped hazelnuts for the blanched.

KrumplyW's Review

March 15, 2011
I enjoyed this dish. I did have to use dry pasta and could not find blanched hazelnuts but that didn't seem to make a difference. I will definitely make this again and it was even better left-over!

epestrad's Review

February 10, 2011
This was a great dish! Very easy to make (30 minutes) and a surprisingly filling meal. The cheese was essential; this is the first time I've used Parmigiano-Reggiano (I finally decided to splurge) and it was fantastic!