Herb-Nut Pasta

Serves 4
16 oz spaghetti pasta, 3 quarts boiling water, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/2 cup fresh basil, 1/2 cup fresh mint, 1 tsp orange zest, 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, 1/2 cup olive oil, pinch of black pepper

How to Prepare: Add salt and pasta to boiling water. Cook 9-11 minutes (or as per pasta instructions indicate). I use an Italian pasta, which requires 11 minutes to cook. Remove pasta from water and strain. Set aside. In a large food processor, combine nuts, herbs and orange zest. Blend 1-2 minutes until all ingredients are combined together well. With a spatula spoon the herb-nut mixture into the pasta and mix well. Add the cheese, olive oil and black pepper and mix well, until all is incoporated. Garnish with fresh herbs on top and serve.

Note - you can substitute using any combination of your favorite nuts. I made this recently with hazlenuts (as I didn't have almonds on hand) and it was great! Also, for more crunch, add a handful of croutons to the mixer with the nuts and herbs and blend together. It will add just a bite of crispness!

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