California-Style Linguine

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California-Style Linguine

Recipe for California-Style Linguine

This California-Style Linguine is a rich simple pasta dish. For years I have avoided goat cheese. I found it too strong but recently I have found some mild forms of goat cheese. This has opened up a number of new taste experiences for me. Goat cheese is available in most supermarkets. Use a good quality Parmesan cheese such as Parmigianino Reggiano or try Asiago, which is available in most cheese of specialty shops. The pecans can be left out. In our family we have some members who do not like nuts in their food. This is nice with a simple green salad.

INGREDIENTS for California-Style Linguine

  • 2 tbsp Butter 25 mL
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil 25 mL
  • 3 large cloves Garlic, minced 3
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans 250 mL
  • ½ cup Whipping Cream 125 mL
  • ½ cup Milk 125 mL
  • ¼ lb soft Goat Cheese, grated or chopped 125 g
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese or Asiago 250 mL
  • ¾ lb Linguine or Whole Noodles 375 g
  • 1 cup chopped Fresh Basil Leaves 250 mL
  • OR 1 cup (250mL) chopped Fresh Parsley plus1 tsp (5mL) Dried Basil
  • Salt and freshly ground Pepper

METHOD for California-Style Linguine

In heavy skillet, heat butter and oil; cook garlic over medium heat until tender. Stir in pecans and cook until toasted and crisp, about 5 minutes; set aside.
Cont… California-style linguine

In small bowl, combine cream and milk. Stir in goat cheese and ¼ cup (50 mL) of Parmesan. Set aside.

In large pot of boiling water, cook linguine until al dente (tender but firm). Meanwhile, add basil to pecan mixture.

Drain pasta, reserving cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot and stir in ½ cup (125 mL) reserved cooking liquid, milk-cheese mixture and pecan mixture. If necessary, thin with more reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pass remaining Parmesan. Makes 4 to 6 main-course servings, 8 to 10 appetizer-sized servings.

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