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Zesty California Walnut Penne

Zesty California Walnut Penne
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  • 4 ServingsServings


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 fl oz) plum tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano, thyme or savory (or mixture of these)
  • 1/2 cup chopped California walnuts
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper Fresh Italian parsley



1 Heat oil in large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms and sauté, stirring, 5 minutes.

2 Add garlic and sauté, 1 minute. Add tomatoes (breaking up with wooden spoon), herbs and walnuts. Cook, stirring, 10 to 15 minutes.

3 If mixture thickens too much, add a little chicken stock or red wine.

4 Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta, stirring, 8 to 10 minutes, just until tender but still firm to bite.

5 Drain well; return pasta to pot. Pour walnut-tomato sauce over pasta and toss to coat.

6 Sprinkle with Asiago cheese and season to taste with pepper. Serve on heated plates. Garnish with parsley.

Source: California Walnut Board

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