I had plans last night so I wanted a fairly quick, but filling, dinner. I also wanted an excuse to use more of my ricotta from Keepsake Farms because it's great. For some reason I have a ton of bizarre pasta shapes in my basement, including campanelle (little trumpets!). I did not wait an hour and a half before serving. Sue me. I reduced the amount of olive oil as well, because that's a lot of olive oil. And I used hazelnuts instead of walnuts because that's what I had. It was pretty good. I saved the pasta, sans ricotta, for lunch today (and maybe tomorrow). I don't think I'd go so far as to make this again, but that's okay. It was pretty good.
Campanelle with Walnuts, Ricotta, and Lemon
Martha Stewart Living, May 2012
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 large garlic cloves
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound campanelle pasta
1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves -- divided
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley stems -- (from 1 small bunch)
2 heaping tablespoons finely grated lemon zest -- (from 3 large lemons)
4 ounces walnuts -- toasted well and roughly chopped (1 1/4 cups)
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium heat until shimmering. Meanwhile, very thinly slice garlic with a mandoline (you should have 1/4 cup). Add to oil, and cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is pale golden brown and crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain garlic chips in a sieve set over a large bowl (reserve oil). Spread garlic chips on paper towels; season with salt.
2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until just barely al dente. Drain. Add pasta to oil, and toss. Partially cover, and let cool at least 20 minutes and up to 1 1/2 hours.
3. Roughly chop 3/4 cup parsley leaves, and add them with parsley stems, lemon zest, and walnuts to pasta. Toss to combine. Dot with cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine, being careful not to fully incorporate cheese. Garnish with remaining parsley leaves, and serve with garlic chips.
Yield: Serves 8 to 10