Recipe by bluemoon downunder
A light, flavoursome and highly individual pasta dish which includes pear (or apple) and walnuts among its ingredients. Makes a great stand alone dish, or it could be served as a side dish for four. Adapted from a recipe from Australian chef flip shelton's 'green: modern vegetarian recipes'.
Top Review by Karen Elizabeth
Very good! Since I didn't have a pear, and I did have granny smith apples, that's what I used, DH sliced it wafer thin, so tart and crisp. I felt that I had quite a bit of spinach, but I do enjoy it, so that was fine. I didn't have walnuts, so I subbed macadamias, but another time will make sure I have walnuts, it is a completely different taste, I know. I used step 6, preparing the sauce separately, it worked well for me. Lovely pasta, bluemoon!
- 200 g spaghetti
- 200 g baby spinach leaves, washed well and roughly chopped
- 50 g gorgonzola (I don't like either of these, so I used 1 tablespoon parmesan and 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt) or 50 g blue cheese (I don't like either of these, so I used 1 tablespoon parmesan and 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt)
- 1⁄2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and very thinly sliced or 1 granny smith apple, cored and very thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried sage
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, shelled, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Three quarters fill a large pot with water, bring to the boil, add the spaghetti and cook till al dente (about 8 minutes).
- Drain the spaghetti being careful to RESERVE SOME OF THE COOKING WATER.
- Return the hot spaghetti to the pot and, over a low heat, add the baby spinach leaves and cheese and stir until the baby spinach leaves wilt and the cheese starts to melt; add a little of the pasta water and continue to stir. (When I made this using yoghurt instead of cheese, I added very little water; judge how much water to use by the consistency).
- Add the pear (or apple), walnuts, thyme and sage, stir well, and allow to warm through.
- Drizzle with lemon juice, season to taste with freshly ground black pepper and serve hot.
- Notes: For a smoother sauce, in a small pan, over a very low heat, melt the cheese with some of the pasta water and stir in the pear (or apple); then stir in the spaghetti and baby spinach leaves, until they are well coated; then add the lemon juice and gently fold in the walnuts, thyme and sage.