- 400g strozzapreti or casarecce pasta, or another short pasta shape
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 100g walnut
Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…
- 3 roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
- 25g parmesan, or a vegetarian alternative, plus extra to serve
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 1 small garlic clove, roughly chopped
- large pack basil, plus a few leaves to serve
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 50g mascarpone
Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a dry pan for a few mins. Add half the walnuts to the small bowl of a food processor or a hand chopper, along with the red peppers, Parmesan, garlic, basil, oil and some seasoning. Whizz to a paste, adding a splash of water from the pasta if it is a little dry.
Drain the pasta, reserving a cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pan and set over a low heat. Add the pesto, mascarpone and 3-4 tbsp of the reserved pasta water, then stir until the mascarpone has melted, adding a splash more pasta water if the sauce needs thinning. To serve, crush the remaining walnuts in your hand and scatter over the pasta with a few more basil leaves and some extra Parmesan.