2 c Snack Primal Naked Walnuts
3 or 4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 pound dried pasta (a short shape)
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
For serving: fresh herbs, homemade bread crumbs, chile oil
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Pulse the walnuts and garlic together with a hand blender or food processor, but leave a bit of texture and chunkiness.
Cook the pasta per package instructions in the boiling water. Once the pasta is in the pot, and the pasta water is nice and starchy, save 2 cups of the pasta water. Whisk a cup of the pasta water into the walnut mixture, adding more until your sauce is as thick as heavy cream, about 1 3/4 cups of pasta water. Stir in half the cheese, a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, and more freshly ground black pepper than you think you’d want. Taste and add a bit more salt to the sauce if needed.
Transfer the cooked pasta to a large bowl and toss with the walnut sauce.
Sprinkle with lemon zest and top with some fresh herbs, bread crumbs, and a drizzle of chile oil.
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes