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Angel Hair Spaghetti With Broccoli, Mascarpone, Lemon and Walnuts

By July 25, 2016 easy dinners, healthy, recipe series, recipes, savoury

This angel hair spaghetti with broccoli, mascarpone, lemon and walnuts is a recipe that you can throw together on a weeknight but will feel like the weekend.  Angel hair pasta tossed through a light creamy mascarpone and lemon sauce, topped with pan fried broccoli and toasted walnuts. 

Angel Hair Spaghetti with Broccoli, Mascarpone, Lemon and Walnuts | Anisa Sabet | The Macadames-3

I love nothing more than a simple pasta. Although I love homemade fresh egg pasta, I also like the dried packet variety. I don’t discriminate when it comes to pasta. That, and thin and soupy pizza, are my all time favourite savoury foods. I should have been born Italian!

Today’s recipe is a simple, light and tasty pasta that can be thrown together on a weekday but will feel like the weekend. I have chosen angel hair spaghetti as I love the delicate nature of the super-fine strands and it really reminds me of restaurant dining. Please note when cooking, it cooks super fast. Like in less than 2 minutes so be careful not to overcook.

The mascarpone is a lovely creamy addition that pairs perfectly with the tang of the lemon. The pan fried broccoli adds colour and some greens to this otherwise carb-heavy dish. You could substitute it for any green, broad beans or peas could also work – just use whatever is in season. I have topped this pasta with toasted walnuts as I loved the idea from this recipe and like the variety of texture it adds.

A generous shave of parmesan and freshly cracked pepper finishes this meal off perfectly. A glass of vino blanco and belissimo!

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Don’t forget to hashtag #cookwiththemacadames when making my recipes. I love to see how you went and get a peek at your kitchen table.

What you need:

  • Large, deep frypan
  • Large saucepan

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 400g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, very finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Zest (finely chopped) and juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1 handful parsley, finely chopped
  • Good splash of white wine
  • 500g angel hair spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • To serve: olive oil, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, shaved parmesan

Method:

1. Sautée the broccoli in olive oil on a high heat until slightly browned. Set aside.

2. To make the sauce: Using the same pan, add the garlic, onion and walnuts cook until fragrant. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, mascarpone, and cook for a few minutes before removing from the heat. Stir through the thyme and parsley.

3. Cook the pasta: cook the angel hair spaghetti as per instructions (should only need 1-2 minutes). Be careful, it’s very easy to overcook. Once spaghetti is cooked, drain, reserving 1/3 cup pasta water.

5. Drizzle the pasta with a little olive oil and stir in the broccoli, sauce, pasta water and the parmesan. 

6. To serve: Drizzle with a touch more olive oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, some freshly cracked pepper and a shaving or two of parmesan.

Bon appétit!

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For another similar recipe, try my chilli linguine, prawns + herbed breadcrumbs.

Chilli Linguine Prawns and Herbed Breadcrumbs | Anisa Sabet | The Macadames-5

Or my traditional carbonara (gosh this photo is old!).

Spaghetti Carbonara | The Macadames - 2

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