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Wild Mushroom, Brazil Nut and Sage Pasta

DESCRIPTION

The Italians are renowned for incorporating nuts into pasta, whether pesto or a nut and breadcrumb, parmesan crumble. Often meals in Italy won’t have meat, and the addition of nuts in a vegetable pasta adds protein and lots of other valuable nutrients. The key is finding the right nut for the right vegetable – Brazil nuts are wonderful with mushrooms, peas, cauliflower, broccoli and so much more. Discover your own perfect match!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound preferred pasta (fettuccini, pappardelle, tagliatelle or other long flat pasta are best)
  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped Brazil nuts
  • 4 sprigs sage, leaves sliced, saving 4-6 whole
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 large or 2 small shallot, diced
  • 14 ounces wild mushrooms – chanterelle, maitake, oyster, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on packet. Drain and toss through a little olive oil.
  2. Clean the mushrooms and tear into large pieces.
  3. Heat a large fry pan over medium high and add the Brazil nuts. Toss a few minutes to just brown (you’ll smell them becoming aromatic). Transfer to a bowl and toss with the chopped sage, parmesan and lemon zest. Set aside.
  4. Heat a splash of oil in the same pan and fry the whole sage leaves for a few seconds until crisp, it happens quickly. Place on a paper towel.
  5. Add the shallot to the sage scented oil in the pan and cook over medium heat for 1 minute until just softening.
  6. Add the mushrooms and turn heat to high. Cook, stirring till mushrooms start to soften, 4-5 minutes. Add lemon juice and toss through. 
  7. Add pasta and Brazil nut mixture and mix until just warmed through adding a little splash of wine if mix is dry.
  8. Serve while still hot, with a crispy sage leaf.