Recipe: Walnuts pasta with marjoram

Pasta with aromatic herbs
December 13, 2009

When I was a child, my mother find marjoram as an ingredient for walnuts sauce, and bought this new, mysterious herb. Since then, marjoram it's a must-have for me: I used it in many dishes, but it will always remember me of this walnuts pasta.

Three years ago I sowed many marjoram seeds in my garden, but all I got was a square meter of tiny and sad plants.

MarjoramThe next year the marjoram exploded, and since then it's almost out of control, I harvest it even during winter, and sometimes I have to prune it.

Lucky me, because marjoram is a wonderful aromatic herb: delicate but with a strong personality, it's perfect with pasta, potatoes, meat, herbal teas.
See also cooking with marjoram

This is the recipe that my mother used to cook, that made me love marjoram in the first place.

Walnuts pasta with marjoram

Walnuts pasta with marjoram

Serves four:
320 conchiglie rigate
120g walnut kernels
200ml single cream
1 tbsp. marjoram
30g grated parmesan
1 pinch nutmeg, grinded
1 tbsp. butter
white pepper

Mince finely the walnuts.
Melt the butter in a frying pan. Add the minced walnuts and mix well. Add the single cream, grated parmesan, marjoram and nutmeg.
If the sauce is too thick, stir in a little more milk to thin it out. Cook a few minutes.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add pasta and cook until al dente.
Drain well the pasta and season with the sauce and grinded white pepper.

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I am entering this in Presto Pasta Nights, hosted by Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice.
This also goes to Family Recipes.

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Author: Reeni (URL)

This is so rich and creamy and delicious! I love the herbs and spices in it and the crunch of the walnuts. A wonderful dish!

Author: Carrie (URL)

Wow, I NEVER use majoram, not consciously though. I just never really learned where to use it. And this looks delicious, it might be going on my menu plan this week.

Author: terry (URL)

Ho noci e pure della maggiorana ancora bella!!! ricetta che proverò prestissimo!

Author: Ruth (URL)

Until a couple of weeks ago, I would never have thought using walnuts in I see recipes everywhere. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous looking version with Presto Pasta Night.

Author: Joanne (URL)

I can t say that I have ever had fresh marjoram before but I love the sound of this pasta with the creamy walnut sauce! I shall have to try it.

Author: Laura (URL)

Fabulous! Thanks for the submission!

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