Monday, December 6, 2010

Pappardelle with Mascarpone, Lemon, Arugula and Pistachios

I gastrosexualized my roommate and her boyfriend with this one! I played the ultimate domesticated grad student one day, slaving away on my studies all day down in the she-cave, coming up finally in the evening to make this dish for the three of us (I was then rewarded with a Ghostland Observatory Concert hours later!). 

Having made versions of this recipe several times, experimenting with greens, nuts and lemon concentrations, this hybrid, with extra lemon punch, pistachios and wide egg noodles has been my favorite (and most photogenic) so far. It's the more Eastern Mediterranean version of my original inspiration from my dear friend, Diana of Diana Takes a Bite calling for spaghetti, meyer lemons and hazelnuts. The rich mascarpone cut by the zesty lemon and peppery arugula with the added crunch of the pistachios has proved itself worthy of do-over status. 

Pappardelle with Mascarpone, Lemon, Arugula and Pistachios
Makes 3-4 serving

2 teaspoons lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
juice from one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
a few grinds of fresh pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 pound pappardelle
4 cups (loosely packed) fresh arugula
1/2 cup chopped, toasted pistachios
Combine the zest, lemon juice, mascarpone, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Bring a pot of water to boil and salt generously. Cook the pasta until al dente, taking it off the heat about 1 to 2 minutes before you would normally remove it. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
Return the pasta to the pot, and set over low heat. Stir in the mascarpone sauce. Add the arugula and toss so that it begins to wilt. Add about 1/4 cup of the pasta water (more if necessary) to keep the sauce fluid but not too watery. Continue to cook and toss until the spinach is cooked. Add the pistachios and stir to combine. Serve immediately.


Peter M said...

A fine combo, liking the pistachios in here. I would like some grated Parm on top too!

Mary said...

What a delightful dish. It looks, and I'm sure taste, amazing. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

elra said...

Delightful and the combination of these ingredients sound perfect !

JustinM said...

I'm not a big fan of pasta, but that looks fantastic.

Diana said...

I love this recipe! Been almost a year since I've made it! Will need to try it with the arugula... love that crazy peppery weed!

Was thinking about you last night and Pizzeria Ortica. Will you be down in SoCal at all over the holidays?

Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Oh Anna...this is right up my alley! I love everything in it! I should make this for a dinner party I'm hosting Saturday!

Helen said...

mmm-marscapone cheese! If only it wasn't so pricey I'd eat it more often but then again that may be a blessing in disguise haha! I have to try pappardelle pasta too, as I've never made it before. Love the addition of the arugula and the pistachios. Sounds like an awesome dish!

stuffycheaks said...

Oh gosh, this sounds so good! And Yay for Pistachios. Nice change from pine nuts

Anna A. said...

Peter - Thanks, yes, I would too, but didn't have any!

Mary - Thank you, amazing and tangy.

Elra - Thanks, I have been surprised lately at how good citrus goes in pasta dishes.

Justin - WHAT?! Not a pasta man?!

Diana - I knew you wouldn't let me down :) I may be back for xmas break... still working on those plans. Miss you!

Peter - Yes, you totally should! I would make it for a crowd in a heart beat.

Helen - Mascarpone is expensive in Canada? I get it at Trader Joe's and it's not too bad - around $3 for a tub? I figure it's far more economical that meat!

Stuffycheaks - Wow, you just made me realized I haven't a pine nut in ages!

Maria said...

Great pasta dish! I adore mascarpone and the lemon, arugula and pistachios provide such a great contrast of textures.

Helen said...

Yes, mascarpone is quite pricey. It cost about $13 for a 450g tub. I would like to use it in my cooking more often but at that price, it usually a treat to savour :)

Anna A. said...

Maria - I love pistachios and arugula, two favorite green things!

Helen - Yes, for sure, and it makes tiramisu taste even better!

Dee D. said...

Sounds, and looks so delicious! I really want some right now!

Anna A. said...

Dee - Coming right up! And thanks for stopping by. Your blog is amazing!

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