Summer Pasta with Lemon-Thyme Mushrooms and Toasted Walnuts

Summer Pasta

with Lemon-Thyme Mushrooms and Toasted Walnuts

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Raw mushrooms are one of the earth’s great treats when they’re handled properly. Thinly slicing them will allow the beautiful creminis to soak up the lemon and olive oil, and soften to a palatable texture. The gemelli pasta lends itself to the bright summer arugula and mushrooms by soaking up the sauce with their scoop shape. Pair this dish with a cold beer for a perfect summer dinner.

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SERVINGS
2
PREP & COOK TIME
30 min
CALORIES
670
FAT
27g
CARBOHYDRATES
92g
PROTEIN
18g

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  1. Salt*
  2. 8 ounces cremini mushrooms
  3. Fresh thyme
  4. 1 lemon
  5. Garlic
  6. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil*
  7. Pepper*
  8. 1/4 cup walnuts
  9. 8 ounces gemelli
  10. 2 1/2 ounces arugula
  11. *not included

INSTRUCTIONS

1
Prepare the vegetables
Bring a stockpot of water to a boil and saltit. Rinse and trim the mushrooms; slice them as thinly as you can and put them in a large bowl. Rinse the thyme; strip enough leaves off the stems to measure 1/2 teaspoon and add them to the bowl (save the rest for another use). Rinse the lemon and zest it using the small side of a box grater or a microplane; halve it and juice half into the bowl. Peel and grate 3 garlic cloves (or chop them until they’re almost a paste). Add the garlic to the bowl along with the lemon zest, oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper; toss to combine and set aside to marinate.
2
Toast the walnuts
Put the walnuts in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat and toast, tossing occasionally and watching carefully to be sure they don’t burn, until they’re evenly browned and aromatic, 5 to 7 minutes.
3
Cook the pasta
Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir occasionally. Start tasting it after 7 minutes; it should be tender but not mushy. Meanwhile, rinse and dry the arugula. When the pasta is done, drain it into a colander. Transfer the pasta to the bowl with the mushrooms and toss immediately until they’re thoroughly combined. Add the arugula and toss again. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve the pasta and mushrooms immediately, topped with the toasted walnuts.