Toasted Pine Nut Pasta

One of my favorite foods is pasta. I absolutely love all types of noodles and sauces and I could probably eat it every day of the week, especially spaghetti. And the best part about cooking with pasta is that it’s so fun to create new sauces by adding a little of this and a little of that.

To be honest, I usually lean more towards tomato-based sauces when preparing pasta dishes but this Toasted Pine Nut Pasta dish has the perfect blend of pine nuts and cheeses. The toasted pine nuts give it a great nutty flavor while the different cheeses help to create an aromatic and savory dish. The combination of the two really kicks the flavor up a notch and will have you going back for more…or looking forward to leftovers!

Toasted Pine Nut Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dried Fettuccine
  • 2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Blue cheese (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain well.
    2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, chicken and garlic to the pan. Brown and cook chicken thoroughly. Remove to a plate and slice.
    3. In a separate skillet, add two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and pine nuts and toss/saute until pine nuts are toasted. Remove from skillet.
    4. In a bowl, combine the pasta, chicken, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, Parmesan cheese and Blue cheese (optional). Toss to coat pasta.

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    Comments

    1. Looks delicious; I definitely want to try! Although it won't be pine nut pasta anymore if I have to leave out the pine nuts. ;-) Maybe I can substitute with toasted sesame seeds!

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