Farfalle with Walnut-Tarragon Pesto, Cremini Mushrooms and Peas
- Yield 8 servings
This pasta dish features cremini mushrooms, peas and a delicious walnut-tarragon pesto.
- 1 (16-ounce) package farfalle (bow-shaped) pasta
- 16 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1/2 cup fresh Parmeggiano Reggiano cheese chunks
- 1 cup raw walnuts, lightly toasted in a dry skillet
- 2 cups loosely packed parsley (some stems are fine)
- 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup frozen petite spring peas, thawed
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Be sure to liberally salt the water. Drain and reserve a cup of pasta water.
- In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until golden brown. Add a couple of pinches of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper when they are near done. Turn off heat, add cooked pasta and set aside.
- Make the pesto by first adding the garlic clove and Parmesan cheese to a food processor. Pulse until crumbly, then add the walnuts. Pulse again to smaller crumbles, making sure garlic is well incorporated. Then add parsley, tarragon, and thyme. Blend until herbs are finely minced in with the cheese and walnuts. Add the lemon juice, and with the processor running, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Check the seasonings and add some pepper and a pinch or two of salt to taste.
- Add the pesto, 1/4 cup at a time, and the thawed peas to the skillet. Toss, and add a little bit of pasta water to thin the pesto. Add more pesto as desired, toss again, and thin with pasta water as necessary. Serve with a wedge of Parmesan cheese to grate fresh over the top.